Rick is a healthcare IT Executive with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare information systems, including positions as the CIO for US health systems, the Ontario, Canada health system, a medical research laboratory, independent consulting and as project manager for the development and implementation of the Department of Defense’s global medical information system.
Rick is currently the Chief Information and Technology Officer at the University of Virginia Health System, with responsibilities for Information Technology, Health Information Management and Clinical Engineering.
Rick was formerly the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cancer Care Ontario, responsible for providing information technology and information management for the Province’s cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care programs and services.
Rick was a Director at Navigant Consulting, a global professional services firm specializing in healthcare and litigation support, responsible for the healthcare IT practice. Rick was also Vice President for First Consulting Group, a healthcare IT focused firm active in helping its clients in provider, health plan, government and life sciences organizations achieve their goals through the use of information technology. He led the outsourcing business unit for FCG.
Rick previously was Vice President – IS and CIO for the Providence Health System, an organization which operates hospitals, a health plan, various physician practices, and manages numerous home health and long term care businesses across the western states of the US.
Rick was also a US Army officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, after leading the Army’s healthcare IT initiatives as a program manager as well as performing in different Army command and leadership roles.
Rick is an author and frequent speaker on healthcare information technology as well as a leader in Canadian and US national organizations such as Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He was the recipient in 1994 of the Healthcare Information Executives Forum, Crystal Award for Excellence. Most recently, he received the HIMSS John Gall Award for Healthcare CIO of the Year at the 2002 HIMSS Conference.