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EMHS CIO Receives MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Award for Innovation Leadership

Catherine J. Bruno, vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems), was selected as one of two winners of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Award for Innovation Leadership. The award honors chief information officers who lead their organizations to pursue the innovative use of Information Technology (IT) and business processes to deliver business value.

“We are pleased to recognize Ms. Bruno for the strategic vision and use of technology to significantly impact and improve business performance for her organization,” said Ray Chang, Co-chair of the award program. “She serves a terrific example of how technology can drive business success, and the fundamentally important role that CIOs are playing in organizations around the globe.”

Cathy has successfully developed Information Systems strategic plans and governance designs at three large, complex healthcare organizations. She has implemented and integrated major clinical, financial, and decision-support information systems (e.g., computerized provider order entry), two of which received the Nicholas R. Davies Organizational Award, the nation’s highest award for implementation of a system-wide electronic health record, by the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). She is the executive sponsor for the Bangor Beacon Community, one of 17 communities in the nation to receive a more than $12 million grant to improve the health of the people in the Bangor community through care management supported by Health IT and was asked by the Office of the National Coordinator to co-chair the Leadership and Governance Community of Practice for the national Beacon program.

“I am honored to be a winner of this prestigious award and would like to take this opportunity to recognize all of the dedicated, hard-working people of EMHS and the Bangor Beacon Community who, together, are changing the way healthcare services are delivered in Maine,” said Cathy. “Being a chief information officer is about bringing out the best in all of the people with whom I am privileged to work, and this award truly recognizes their achievements as well.”

EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE called Cathy’s selection for MIT Sloan’s innovation leadership award a well-deserved honor. “Here at EMHS, Cathy leads a highly skilled Information Systems team and her leadership on and knowledge of cutting edge health information technology was key to implementation of electronic health records and other computerized systems used daily in patient care throughout EMHS. Her role as executive sponsor of the Bangor Beacon Community has also been instrumental to the success of that highly innovative program. We who work with Cathy, are lucky to have her as a colleague and proud that she has received this national recognition.”

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