CTO Ruffin Speaks on Digital Transformation of American Medicine

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CTO Ruffin Speaks on Digital Transformation of American Medicine

New Health System CTO delivers talk
on medicine in the digital age

Marshall Ruffin, Jr., M.D., MPH, MBA, recently-appointed Chief Technology and Health Information Officer for the University of Virginia Health System, gave a visionary  talk entitled “The Digital Transformation of American Medicine” in his academic home, the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Ruffin's appointment as CTO/HIO was announced this month by Health System Vice President and CEO Ed Howell.

I am pleased to announce the selection of Marshall Ruffin, Jr., M.D., MPH, MBA, to be Chief Technology and Health Information Officer, and the selection of Thomas Harkins, MBA, to be Chief of Environmental Care.

While these individuals replace positions previously held by Peg Van Bree and Ron Bouchard, they will function in newly-created roles which reflect how best to carry out our mission.

As Chief Technology and Health Information Officer, Dr. Ruffin will provide operations, fiscal, and human resource management for designated administrative and clinical areas including Medical Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Telemedicine, and Information Technology.  Dr. Ruffin will also provide the strategic direction and oversight of information technology programs.  He also will track and advise on emerging trends in health information and technology as well as provide oversight to the Buchanan review process. 

As Chief of Environmental Care, Mr. Harkins will provide operations, fiscal, and human resource management for designated administrative areas such as Facilities Planning and Capital Development, Health System Physical Plant, Patient and Guest Services, Volunteer Office, Environmental Services, Nutrition Services, and Medical Center Security.  Mr. Harkins will also oversee capital programs that support Medical Center infrastructure and Medical Center initiatives specifically related to facility planning and patient and guest services.

Dr. Ruffin earned his undergraduate degree at UVA in 1974, and went on to earn an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1978.  His MPH in epidemiology was earned at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1983, and his MBA in health economics is from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in California.  His information technology background comes from his most recent positions.

He is leaving his job at Accenture, a global management company that consults in technology services.  As Partner in Strategy and Business Architecture, Health and Life Sciences, he supported a commercial Health and Life Sciences practice and Government Health practice in the United States (local, state, and federal governments) and in other countries, and focused primarily on electronic medical record applications, clinical decision support systems, and regional and national health information exchanges.  Before that, he worked as President and CEO of the Informatics Institute, where he taught and consulted on applied health care informatics for major health care organizations.

Many of you will already know Tom Harkins.  For the last four years, Tom has served UVA Medical Center as Administrator of Facilities Planning and Capital Development.

Tom has been instrumental in the hospital’s expansion, including the opening of new and renovated operating rooms, and planning for the new UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center and the new long term, acute care hospital. 

Tom is an accomplished leader in the planning, development, and implementation of major academic health care facility renovations, new construction, and facilities management and operations.  Before joining UVA, he was the Director of Construction for Institutional Real Estate at Columbia University in New York and Director of the Office of Facilities Development at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The next few years will see a significant transformation in the way healthcare is delivered in our country and here at UVA.  These are exciting times, and we are pleased that Marshall Ruffin and Tom Harkins will play a major role in the continuing transformation of UVA to one of the leading Academic Medical Centers in the United States.

Please join me in welcoming these new chiefs.

R. Edward Howell
Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
UVA Medical Center