Senior Vice President and CIO, Geisinger Health System
John brings more than 25 years of Healthcare experienced to Geisinger Health System. He is the newly appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Geisinger Health System responsible for I.T. strategy, growth as well as Geisinger’s advanced analytics platforms, including two Big Data platforms to support the Integrated Delivery Network. In addition John is responsible for the regional health information exchange, KeyHIE, which currently connects organizations throughout Pennsylvania. John has been involved with the Care Connectivity Consortium, a group of healthcare providers which consists of Geisinger, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic who are developing tools to support the Nationwide Health Information Exchange.
Prior to joining Geisinger, John was VP/CIO for Good Shepherd Rehab Network located in Allentown, Pa. While at Good Shepherd he had the technology responsibility for Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a post-acute hospital and ambulatory clinic network through a joint venture with the University of Pennsylvania Health System located in downtown Philadelphia.
He is a member of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), Health Information Management System Society (HIMSS), and American Telemedicine Association (ATA), as well as serving on the Central Pennsylvania HIMSS Chapter Board, KINBER Board, which provides fiber optic connectivity throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Chief Strategic Information Officer, Geisinger Health System
ALISTAIR ERSKINE, MD is Chief Strategic Information Officer at the Geisinger Health System. He is responsible for sequencing future and innovative technologies at Geisinger and for harmonizing data across the clinical care, research and health plan enterprise. Dr. Erskine heads the Division of Applied Research and Clinical Informatics (DARCI) with goals to activate patients in a manner congruent with emerging patient consumerism, engage staff in the design and configuration of Geisinger Information Systems and evolve Geisinger's facilities to take advantage of ultramodern technologies. Dr. Erskine serves as architect to Geisinger's Unified Data Strategy, ensuring that the data collected as a by-product of clinical, operational and research investigation are accessible for appropriate secondary use and new discovery.
Prior to Geisinger, Dr. Erskine was appointed Associate Dean of Medical Informatics at Virginia Commonwealth University and was member of the Board for the 650-physician Medical College of Physician practice plan. Dr. Erskine conceived of and developed the Office of Clinical Transformation organization, which moved a 1,000-bed academic medical center from a paper to electronic-based health record system. He was appointed to the Virginia Governor's Health Information Technology Commission by Executive Order and was a voting member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee. His informatics team received the coveted $20M Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) as the Center of Biomedical Informatics. He publishes on the topic of clinical transformation in peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Erskine spent two years in Doha, Qatar in the Middle East as Chief of Health Informatics at Sidra Medical and Research Center and chaired the Information System committee of Qatar's Academic Health System. The role in Qatar involved designing a model commercial EHR from the ground up, without legacy systems or technologies.
Dr. Erskine trained at Brown University and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and was double Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He has been practicing hospital medicine for 14 years. He joined Geisinger Health System in September 2013 as Chief Clinical Informatics Officer. He is now Board Certified in Clinical Informatics and continues to teach residents and care for patients with the Geisinger Medical Center hospitalist service. He holds double appointments with Weill Cornell Medical College in the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
14 - The Geisinger Hedged Unified Data Architecture (Case Study)
John Kravitz, MHA, CHCIO (Senior Vice President and CIO, Geisinger Health System), Alistair Erskine, MD (Chief Strategic Information Officer, Geisinger Health System)
With the advent of digitalized medicine, it becomes increasingly important to share approaches to derive value from a deluge of data. We will describe Geisinger Unified Data Architecture, a hedged data environment, which combines the benefits of traditional SQL data warehouse with contemporary Big Data/Hadoop environment. We will discuss specific examples of benefit realization from each platform, including Cerner Healthe Intent, HortonWorks, Microsoft SQL, Teradata, and Epic Cogito. We will share our experience managing structured, unstructured, streaming, and real-time data to augment EHR functionality and our population health mission.