John A Sanders, PhD

Chief Information Officer, Health Share of Oregon

John’s career path has mirrored the overall adoption of technology in healthcare.  Starting with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (UC Davis) doing research on medical imaging and pattern recognition.  While a research faculty member at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine he was involved in a wide range of advanced technology R+D for programs that spanned several advanced specialty departments.  As it became apparent that specialty clinical organizations needed intensive applied technology development for both clinical and business success, John worked as CTO in a large Radiology practice that covered much of the Denver region.  An interesting stint doing technology consulting for startups was shortened by the economic downturn.  However, at this time technology was extending across all clinical departments and John went in-house as CIO of a large multispecialty practice in the Colorado Springs region. This work with EHR roll-outs and fully integrating clinical and business systems continued after a move to another large multi-specialty practice in Portland. During this time John’s technology leadership scope extended well into operational areas of clinical workflow, provider and resource scheduling, care management models, cross-organizational integration, and performance metrics of all types. Most recently John is CIO for Health Share of Oregon – the largest Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) in Oregon that is responsible for the full risk healthcare management of approximately one of every four Oregonians in the Portland metro region and one of every three Medicaid recipients in Oregon.  Similar to multi-organization ACO models, the CCO applies analytics, population health, advanced payment models, care coordination methods, and long-term social determinant program investments to improve healthcare outcomes, efficiency, and equity.

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