Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC) recently announced the addition of two new members to its executive team. After a nationwide search, AzHeC found the best choices within; Keith Parker has been promoted to the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Jaime Estrada has been promoted to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
As CIO, Keith Parker will oversee all information system functions at AzHeC, which includes core health information exchange (HIE) services, as well as population health and data analytics. Parker has a strong HIE background, with over 15 years in health information technology (HIT) developing nationally recognized programs, including his work leading start-up and operational aspects of the Nevada HIE, HealtHIE Nevada. Parker joined AzHeC in November 2015 and has been leading population health and data analytics activities for the Practice Innovation Institute program since then. Parker also has over 30 years working in healthcare to include clinical operations and serving as a U.S. military special operations medic. His combination of HIT, HIE and clinical operations experience will be very valuable in his new role.
Jaime Estrada has a long history working on HIE efforts in Arizona, dating back to the start of HIE activities in Southern Arizona. Estrada has been working full-time on HIE activities since he joined the Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAz) as the Operations Officer in October 2010 and then became AzHeC’s Director of Technical Operations in 2014 when AzHeC and HINAz merged. In this new role, Estrada will serve as AzHeC’s top technology architect and will oversee all technical aspects of the information systems operations.
“I am very pleased to announce these two executive promotions at AzHeC”, said Melissa Kotrys, CEO, “Their contributions and expertise in their respective roles will enhance the overall HIE operations and communications to both our stakeholders and participants.”
Mike Mote, who has been the CIO for AzHeC since January 2014, will transition into his new role as Chief Strategy Officer for AzHeC. Mote has been instrumental in providing guidance and strategic direction for the HIE, including the upgrade and expansion of the HIE’s second generation of products and services. With more than 25 years in health care, Mote has worked in a number of strategic and executive roles for over 20 HIEs across the country and has been involved in and promoting HIE and interoperability for more than two decades.