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Executive Vice President, Chief I...

Local Address:  Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , United States
Thomas Jefferson University, TJU Hospital System

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Praveen Chopra started that ..., 2 Sept 2015 [cached]
Praveen Chopra started that type of team-building process a little over a year ago, when he took on the role of chief information and transformative innovative environment officer at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health in Philadelphia.
He admits that it's a long and lofty title, especially for a former supply-chain manager who describes himself as an "accidental CIO."
"[Klasko] believed healthcare needed to change fundamentally," Chopra says.
"We used to wait for something to come out, like iPads, and then go figure out how to support it," Chopra says. "Now, we want to know all of what's going on with healthcare and the Internet of Things and start experimenting and figuring out use cases. We have to experiment and try new things."
And while other companies have vice presidents of business applications, Chopra created a new title, vice president of business partnering, to focus attention not on the technologies, but on the people in the business units who use technology. "Business partnering is about how we use applications to do something. It's about accomplishing something with [software] applications. These people think more like account managers," he explains.
Another new title at Jefferson is vice president of enterprise analytics and chief data scientist. "This role focuses on taking disparate data assets for student affairs, clinical trials, financial systems, quality systems and more, and creating an enterprise center for health information management that provides actionable insights," Chopra says.
Chopra says he didn't hire people for the vice president positions based primarily on technical expertise. Instead, he hired with an eye toward making every one of them a CIO someday.
"The way I hire people is unique. I hire them to be leaders first and functional experts second," he says. "I'm hiring a person who can be a future CIO. I'm looking at these people as future leaders."
Chopra meets with this team of eight once a week for two hours. At these gatherings, he says, "we spend less time on day-to-day business issues and more time on priorities, leadership, communication and engagement, and creating high-performance teams. The idea is to have his deputies lead their own groups without Chopra micromanaging them.
"I'm more about people, strategy and exception management," he explains. "It frees up my time for the executive cabinet, creating new business models, and [figuring out] how to create a degree program or certification for telehealth and other healthcare technologies."
Jefferson's telehealth initiative is one of the first tangible results of this leadership style, which encourages innovation and the move toward a patient-centric model. The hospital is investing about $20 million to open multiple urgent-care centers and develop the telehealth program, called Jeff Connect, which includes video consultations so patients can receive care in their homes.
In late June, Jefferson began offering more than 17,000 employees and their families a mobile app they can use to schedule 15-minute video-based physician appointments, which, according to Chopra, are "secure and HIPAA-compliant.
One-on-One with Children's CIO ..., 21 May 2013 [cached]
One-on-One with Children's CIO Praveen Chopra
CIO-Plus Series Summary in Forbes | Metis Strategy, 12 Jan 2014 [cached]
Praveen Chopra, the Chief Information Officer and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Praveen Chopra, CIO-Plus of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Praveen Chopra worked in supply chain in consulting for Accenture, and at The Home Depot for a number of years before early 2005 when he took over that function for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a nearly $2 billion pediatric healthcare group with three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations in Greater Atlanta. As he recognized that the success of supply chain was increasingly dependent on system integration, data integrity, and other key aspects typically run by the IT department, he determined that tight integration between IT and supply chain was a must. After a series of conversations with the CFO of the company, Chopra took over responsibility of IT as the CIO in early 2006, while keeping his supply chain responsibilities. He had a deep foundation in technology dating back to his undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering, but continuing through to his deep collaborations with CIOs over the years. As a result, Chopra was able to transition successfully to the CIO-plus role, and to garner tremendous value at the nexus between IT and supply chain, as he highlights in the interview below.
Praveen Chopra, vice ..., 10 Dec 2013 [cached]
Praveen Chopra, vice president, CIO, chief supply chain officer, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: "The future will require a different type of leadership from CIOs, who will become catalysts for business change and transformation well beyond just leading the alignment of business objectives with technology investments."
New questions are emerging about how ..., 4 Dec 2013 [cached]
New questions are emerging about how data are going to be accessed and who is going to be allowed to have access to them, according to Praveen Chopra, vice president and CIO at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
"Reporting is descriptive and static, and it's like driving while looking in the rear-view mirror," he said.
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