Philadelphia, PA:Health Partners
is pleased to announce the appointment of David T. Gutwald, Sr.
as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.Health Partners
is a Philadelphia-area health plan serving more than 140,000 Medical Assistance and Medicare members. Gutwald
brings broad experience in the area of health care-related information technology to his
new position with Health Partners
will be responsible for managing the company's Informatics, Applications and Technical Support, and Database Management areas.In this role, he
will develop strategic, operational and tactical business plans to meet business goals and develop technical business opportunities and partnerships. Before joining Health Partners, Gutwald served as a Senior Project Manager/Consultant for HealthFirst, Inc. in New York City, supporting the development and implementation of various Medical Assistance and Medicare+Choice programs.
Additionally, as President of Advanced Strategies
in Healthcare, Inc.
, a consulting company, Gutwald
worked on engagements for various HMOs and provider-based organizations.His
experience included working with staff and network models in the implementation of systems and various IT strategies. Prior to his work as a consultant, Gutwald served as Vice President, Operations/Information Systems for First Option Health Plan, Inc.He
was responsible for a Corporate Services Unit, which included Claims, Operations, Enrollment and Management Information Systems.Gutwald also served as Director, Information and Communication Systems, for Total Healthcare Inc., a staff-model HMO, where he was responsible for managing the Management Information Systems, Communications and Office Services departments. Gutwald earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.He has also been active with the Health Systems User Board.