James Turnbull named CIO of the Year
January 7, 2013 in Medical Technology
James Turnbull, chief information officer at University of Utah Health Care, has been named the 2012 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS.
The award recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made “significant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology,” according to CHIME and HIMSS. The board of directors for both organizations select the recipient of the award each year, which is named in honor of the late John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical information system in the world at California’s El Camino Hospital in the 1960s.
Turnbull will receive his award at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference Exhibition in New Orleans on March 5, 2013.
“John Gall would no doubt be impressed with the great work that is being done by today’s CIOs, in partnership with their staff and vendor partners, to address the healthcare challenges of our nation,” said Turnbull. “While just one person has the humbling experience of accepting this award, it is truly a tribute to the commitment and dedication of all who are leveraging technology and process change to drive out costs, support research, and improve outcomes for our patients and communities.”
Turnbull’s healthcare career spans more than 37 years, in both the Canadian and American health systems. His accomplishments include the deployment of electronic medical records (EMRs) and installation of CPOE at three different health systems with three different vendor products.
Prior to joining UUHC in 2008, Turnbull served as senior vice president and CIO at the Children’s Hospital in Denver from 2000 to 2007, and senior vice president and CIO at Sarasota Memorial Hospital from 1993 to 2000.
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“Over the past three decades it has been amazing to watch the transition from paper to a digital world in the health care industry,” said Turnbull. “Today, it is equally exciting to see information management take center stage as we reshape our industry in response to consumer expectations, clinical innovation and health reform.”
Under Turnbull’s leadership, both UUHC and The Children’s Hospital in Denver received “Most Wired” honors by Health Forum and HHN magazine. Children’s was also recognized for its advancement of EMRs by KLAS as the Most Integrated Children’s Hospital in 2007.
Turnbull is a former chair of the CHIME Board of Trustees and a fellow and former president of HIMSS. He is a lifetime honorary member of HIMSS and has been a CHIME member since 1993. His academic background includes a BA in Organizational Psychology, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and a DHA from the Medical University of South Carolina.
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