LIZ JOHNSON, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BCChair, CHIME Board; CIO, Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics Tenet Healthcare

Sitting in a busy and chaotic emergency department when she was about 10-years-old, Liz Johnson watched in awe as nurses, physicians and other hospital staff rushed around to treat victims of a plane crash. Johnson, who was there to get an infected cut treated, was mesmerized.

“It was very graphic, but I remember making up my mind at that point that I wanted to be like the doctors and nurses who were such a significant part of the scene.,” said Johnson, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BC, chief information officer of acute care hospitals and applied clinical informatics at Tenet Healthcare. “In spite of all the scurrying, the disorganization and the chaos, nurses and doctors were making a difference. They were helping these significantly injured people.”

Whether it was caring for patients at the bedside or ensuring that technology systems aid clinicians in providing better care, Johnson has spent more than three decades working to fulfill those early ambitions. She is certain to bring that same commitment and passion for improving patient care to her tenure as 2017 chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives board of trustees.

Johnson noted that in 2017, CHIME is expected to announce the winner of its National Patient ID Challenge – a $1 million crowd-sourcing competition aimed at finding a national solution for ensuring that patients are correctly identified.

“We have long known as leaders in the healthcare industry that the inability to identify patients with confidence across multiple venues of care and data exchange leads to medical errors, unnecessary use of healthcare resources and less than the outcomes our patients should expect,” she said. “Providing a viable solution for identifying patients will provide our members and nation the first giant step toward resolution of this issue.”

With a new administration and Congress coming into power, Johnson said that CHIME is well positioned to help policymakers understand the powerful role that information technology plays in improving care delivery. She said that CHIME and its members must articulate the need for policies that advance rather than hinder such key issues as interoperability and cybersecurity. Johnson has long been active in public policy matters, including serving on CHIME’s policy steering committee and the federal Health Information Technology Standards Committee.

From a professional development standpoint, Johnson said CHIME will spend time in 2017 building out programs that seek to improve mentoring and diversity across the health IT sector.

“Many of our members are well respected, seasoned professionals who have extraordinary wisdom to impart to their colleagues earlier on their CIO journeys,” she said. “CHIME also recognizes that the diversity of our membership, as well as our emerging leaders, provides opportunities to offer forums to promote diversity and offer networking opportunities to benefit all.

Johnson’s term as CHIME board chair runs from January 1 to December 31, 2017.

Read more about Liz’s goals for CHIME this year.


About Liz

Liz Johnson is the nationally recognized and award-winning CIO, Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics for Tenet Healthcare.

Liz provides the strategic vision and tactical planning for all clinical, patient management, imaging, productivity and supply chain systems used across Tenet’s acute care hospitals nationwide.

As a pioneer in nursing and nurse informatics, Liz led the most aggressive and successful electronic health record (EHR) implementation effort in the nation. Due to her leadership, Tenet Healthcare is now a national model of healthcare reform, using quantifiable data to transform clinical practice to enhance care delivery and improve patient outcomes through the use of EHR systems. A true advocate for the clinical nurse and the nurse informaticist, Liz is honored to serve in that capacity via various elected, assigned and philanthropic positions at the national level that include the appointment to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Standards Committee of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC); appointment to the Health Level 7 (HL7) International Board of Directors; elected by the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) to the Board of Directors and elected as CHIME Board Chair for 2017.

Liz was recently recognized by the industry as one of 2016’s “The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT” for leading Tenet beyond the implementation of electronic health records to tap its data stores for new insights and intelligence that can improve patient outcomes. In 2015, the industry recognition continued by naming Liz one of the “50 Top Healthcare Information Technology Experts”, and in that same year, Tenet Healthcare presented Liz with a special Leadership Recognition Award as part of the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame Program citing her many significant contributions to Tenet and to the nation as a pioneer in the use of technology to improve the quality of patient care.

Liz completed her BSN and MS degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington.