Brigham and Women's CIO heads to U-M

Sue Schade has been named chief information officer of University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, after 12 years as CIO of Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is part of Partners HealthCare.

Schade has spent 25 years in healthcare information technology management, including at Advocate Health Care, a large integrated delivery system in the Chicago area. In her new U-M role, Schade will provide direction and oversight for information technology initiatives in U-M hospitals and clinics, U-M officials said in a news release.

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"We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount of work at Brigham and Women’s and I’m excited about the opportunity to start a new chapter at the University of Michigan,” said Schade, a Minneapolis native. “I’m pleased to be joining this premier healthcare system and highly regarded academic medical center. Its mission and agenda for an integrated health care system was a big attraction for me.”

Schade assumes her new role Nov. 1. She joins the U-M Health System as it enters a new era of patient care, with the recent launch of a new electronic health record system MiChart – a key investment in clinical informatics to keep UMHS at the forefront of innovative medical care, education and research.

“Information is at the heart of everything we do in patient care and has become increasingly important during a rapidly changing healthcare environment,” said Doug Strong, CEO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. “Sue comes from an organization that is a leader in healthcare information technology where she has played a significant leadership role in improving patient care with electronic information. We are very pleased to be able to bring her experiences and leadership capabilities to the U-M Health System.”

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At Brigham and Women’s Schade led efforts to build out and broadly deploy internally developed systems in support of patient safety, quality and cost-reduction goals. Her team also implemented the Balanced Scorecard initiative that has received national recognition and been viewed as best practice by many provider organizations.

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