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CIO for Harvard affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital to join the University of Michigan

As U-M Health System enters new era of patient care, Sue Schade has been named chief information officer of U-M Hospitals and Health Centers

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.

Schade has spent 25 years in health care information technology management, including positions that required increasing management responsibility 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.

"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,” says Schade, a Minneapolis native.

“I’m pleased to be joining this premier health care 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 health care environment,” says Doug Strong, CEO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

“Sue comes from an organization that is a leader in health care 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.”

Schade holds a master’s degree in business administration from Illinois Benedictine College and has served on the board of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which advocates the more effective use of information management within health care. At Brigham and Women’s – which is a founding member of integrated health care delivery network, Partners HealthCare – Schade led efforts to build out and broadly deploy robust internally developed systems in support of patient safety, quality and cost-reduction goals. Her team also successfully implemented the Balanced Scorecard initiative that has received national recognition and been viewed as best practice by many provider organizations.

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