New Orleans, LA – LCMC Health System Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tanya Townsend has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication, as one of 2020’s Women in Health IT to Watch. This is the third year in a row that Tanya has been included in such a list, as she was named to the 2018 and 2019 Class of Women in IT to Know.
In naming Tanya to this list of female leaders in IT, Becker’s notes the crucial role technology plays in hospitals and health systems across the nation. Becker’s emphasized the use of technology during medical procedures, in documenting care to ensure appropriate and efficient healthcare delivery, and its increasing role in the patient financial experience.
When LCMC Health was formed in 2009, the system’s vision was to create efficiencies across its five hospitals and improve care for the community by standardizing systems where possible and reducing complexity. To bring this vision to life, LCMC Health has undergone a major transition entailing the consolidation of five hospitals and ambulatory clinics to one electronic medical record, Epic, and an Epic upgrade in the Summer 2019.
In her capacity with LCMC Health, Tanya is charged with leading the consolidation, integration and enhancement of information technology environments into a shared services model across the five-hospital system, strategically and effectively leading the delivery of high-quality healthcare services through technology.
Tanya brings an array of healthcare technology and administrative experience to her role at LCMC Health. Before joining LCMC Health in November 2014, she was Vice President and CIO of Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She has also served as CIO of Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System's eastern Wisconsin division, where she oversaw IT, biomed and clinical engineering, and health information management for St. Mary's, St. Vincent and St. Nicholas hospitals, including provider practice Prevea Health. She is currently serving as Chair-elect of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
LCMC Health is a Louisiana-based, non-profit healthcare system serving the needs of the people of Louisiana, the Gulf South, and beyond. The system employs more than 9,500 individuals in the region.
For additional information about LCMC Health or its hospitals, please visit www.lcmchealth.org.
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About LCMC Health Established in 2009, LCMC Health is a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit hospital system serving the healthcare needs of the Gulf Coast region. LCMC Health currently manages Children’s Hospital, Touro, New Orleans East Hospital, University Medical Center New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center.