Digital Health Leaders

Digital Health Leaders

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Russ Branzell, President & CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), interviews leaders in Digital Health from around the world. These thought leaders share their knowledge, challenges, best practices, and ideas for helping to transform health and care on a global level.


Conversation with Nicole Kerkenbush, Chief Nursing and Performance Officer at Monument Health
Jul 1 • 42 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell talks with Nicole Kerkenbush, AEHIA Board Member, about how her unique clinical background and military experience has afforded her the ability to serve many roles in health IT. Nicole shares how taking career risks helped…
Conversation with Geoff Brown, CIO at Piedmont Healthcare
Jun 30 • 39 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell talks with CIO Geoff Brown about the personal experience that led to his career change; diversity in HIT leadership; challenges of being a CIO in today’s healthcare; and ideas on how Washington can help better deliver care…
Conversation with Nassar Nizami, EVP & CIO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Jun 26 • 36 min
In this episode, Nassar talks about digital health during COVID-19, the characteristics of organizations who are thriving in the new norm, and mergers and acquisitions in today’s healthcare.
Conversation with Sheree Mcfarland, CIO, inspiring leader in health IT and Women of CHIME
Jun 26 • 29 min
In this episode, Sheree talks about her unique career journey, how HCA has managed successfully through the pandemic, and her role in bringing the Women of CHIME to the forefront.
Conversation with Theresa Meadows, MS, RN, CHCIO, FHIMSS, SVP & CIO, Cook Children’s Hospital
Jun 18 • 34 min
In this episode, Theresa Meadows talks about her transition as a clinical leader in nursing to health IT and shares her recipe for success as a leader and a woman in the industry. Theresa goes on to talk about prioritizing digital health solutions,…
A discussion with Andy Gettinger, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, ONC at US Department of Health & Human Services
Jun 15 • 46 min
In this episode, Dr. Gettinger shares how his professional path led him to ONC. He sheds light on the development of EHR over time, Meaningful Use and reducing clinical burden, Interoperability and Identity Management.
Shafiq Rab, MD, SVP & CIO for Rush University Medical Center, talks about advanced technology in healthcare, interoperability and the freedom to do great work.
Jun 11 • 34 min
In this episode of the Digital Health Leaders Podcast, Shafiq Rab talks about the fourth revolution of technology in healthcare, the evolution of 5G, the importance of interoperability, and the responsibility Americans have to do great work with the…
Russ Branzell talks with Zafar Chaudry, MD, SVP & CIO at Seattle Children’s
Jun 8 • 35 min
In this episode, Dr. Chaudry talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of his team and the tools he uses to help keep moral high. He also shares the impact of COVID on funding a children’s hospital; challenges in working for publicly funded…
Russ Branzell talks with Tanya Townsend, MSMI, CHCIO, System Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at LCMC Health
Jun 4 • 31 min
In this episode, Russ connects with Tanya Townsend, incoming CHIME Board Elect. Tanya shares her experience as the first CIO for her organization during the COVID pandemic. She provides an insight in to her background, and how the risks she took in her…
Russ Branzell talks with Albert Oriol, CIO, Rady Children’s Hospital
Jun 1 • 35 min
In this episode, Albert Oriol shares how Rady’s Children’s Hospital has handled the pandemic well, focusing on mission first and people always. Albert also talks about mass testing, advancements in children’s care, how international healthcare efforts and…
Russ Branzell connects with Lee Milligan, MD, SVP & CIO at Asante Health System
May 28 • 32 min
In this episode, Russ has the opportunity to connect with Lee Milligan, a clinician and health IT leader with a unique professional background that got him where he is today. Lee shares his innovative insight around COVID, the evolution of telehealth, and…
Russ Branzell talks with Brian Sterud, MBA, CHCIO, FACHE, VP of IT, CIO and CISO at Faith Regional Health Services
May 26 • 30 min
In this episode, Brian shares the current state of healthcare in his rural community setting; explains how his Healthcare CIO Boot Camp experience helped shape his career path, including CHCIO and CHISL certifications; how cybersecurity has changed and…
Russ Branzell talks with CIO Nancy Stockslager, RN, MSN
May 22 • 29 min
In this episode, Nancy shares with Russ what it has been like to take on her first role as CIO during the COVID pandemic. Nancy goes on to talk about the challenges of the southern healthcare market, important qualities of an effective leader, and how her…
Russ Branzell talks with Aaron Miri, innovative CIO and healthcare leader
May 19 • 24 min
During this episode, Russ and Aaron spend time talking about innovative leadership and the skills and mindset the next generation will need to lead successfully in healthcare. Aaron also shares some inspiring examples of how COVID-19 has forced healthcare…
Russ Branzell talks with Michael Archuleta, CIO, CHIME Media Liaison and Most Wired Recipient
May 15 • 29 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell and Michael Archuleta cover the gamut of what it means to be a CIO in today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape. Michael offers insight on everything from the new norm to social media as a connector, the evolution of the…
Russ Branzell connects with Veneeth Purushotaman, Group CIO at Aster DM Healthcare
May 12 • 29 min
In this episode, Russ chats with Veneeth Purushotaman, Group CIO at Aster DM Healthcare about commonalities in the COVID-19 experience, managing change and the importance of community, and recovery - both economically and within the healthcare industry.
Russ Branzell chats with CHIME Board member, Boot Camp faculty member and healthcare leader, George “Buddy” Hickman
May 8 • 34 min
In this episode, George “Buddy” Hickman, EVP & System CIO/CAO at Albany Medical Center, talks with Russ about leadership, cybersecurity and data and analytics during this challenging time in healthcare. Buddy is the only two-time CHIME Board member, and a…
Russ Branzell Catches up with CIO of the Year, Marc Probst
May 5 • 24 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell catches up with Marc Probst, CIO at Intermountain Healthcare and CIO of the Year. Marc talks about the current state of healthcare, how innovation has come to the forefront during COVID-19, and what life after Intermountain…
Russ Branzell talks with Jon Manis, SVP and CIO of Christus Health about the “New Normal.”
May 1 • 22 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell talks with Jon Manis, SVP and CIO of Christus Health. Jon shares his thoughts about the challenges and benefits of transforming to the “new normal,” and how it will impact the patient care model, providers and health…
Russ Branzell chats with Chani Cordero and Yuri Campbell: How the Military Mindset and Technology Helps Health Leaders Adapt to Changing Times
Apr 28 • 24 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell chats with Chani Cordero, Lieutenant Colonel, COO Presidio of Monterey Health Services, and Yuri Campbell, Administrative Fellow, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin. This trio discusses how the military mindset and…
Penn State College of Medicine and CHIME Collaborate to Measure Global Understanding of COVID-19
Apr 24 • 22 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell talks with Cletis Earle, CHIME member, SVP & CIO at Penn State Health, and Dr. Robert Lennon, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State, who is also leading this global research. The three discuss…
COVID-19 in Italy: Day one, present day, and looking to the future
Apr 21 • 28 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell talks with CHIME members in Italy, Antonio Fumagalli, Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at ASST Papa Giovanni XXIII Bergamo and Marco Foracchia, MEng PhD PMP, Chief Information Officer at…
Russ Branzell talks with Daniel Barchi, CIO at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Apr 16 • 22 min
In this episode, Russ Branzell talks with Daniel Barchi, CIO at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Daniel shares how COVID-19 has changed care delivery in one of the areas most impacted by this virus - New York City. Hear how New York-Presbyterian Hospital…
Russ Branzell talks with John Kravitz, Chair, CHIME Board; Corporate CIO Geisinger Health System
Apr 12 • 30 min
Russ Branzell talks with John Kravitz, CHCIO, Chair, CHIME Board; Corporate CIO Geisinger Health System. In this segment, John talks about how healthcare has changed in these unprecedented times, and how health IT leaders and organizations are adapting to…