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Collaborative for Health Information Technology in Oregon (CHITO)

Sears vanpelt mylia

Effective, well-integrated Health Information Technology (HIT) solutions will be required to transform the health care system in Oregon to achieve the Triple Aim: improved patient care, improved population health, and cost savings. HIT in this context includes data (clinical, claims and other sources), data analytics and advanced applications based on these data.

CHITO is a strategic multi-stakeholder alliance created to align and improve the planning, execution, utility and efficiency of HIT with an emphasis on alignment of efforts around data and analytics in Oregon. We seek to complement the work of the Oregon Health Authority HIT Business Plan Framework and to collaborate with the State and other stakeholders to achieve additional shared goals.

We accomplish this by:

• Identify gaps and opportunities for collaborative development of solutions; especially those that produce improved data and analytics

• Identify opportunities for improved leveraging of EXISTING HIT assets and improved coordination of planned HIT investments; especially those around data, metrics and analytics

• Focus initially on clear incremental investments and opportunities

• Aspirational goals – after initial implementation of pilots, collaborate with public and private stakeholders to identify additional high priority needs and opportunities

We believe there are, and will continue to be, HIT gaps where collaborative investment and development is the most nimble, timely, cost effective and efficient model for delivering HIT solutions to benefit a broad range of stakeholders. This will involve private and public participants where appropriate. We provide the business framework and technical infrastructure (as needed) to support collaborative development of data and analytic solutions.

We believe that this collaborative model is a viable, valuable, and necessary improvement over our current mode of investment. Through effective collaboration on planning and delivery, spanning private and public sectors, we believe we can reduce the overall level of spending in targeted areas while improving the speed and effectiveness with which these solutions can support health care transformation.

Abby Sears is the CEO of OCHIN and is responsible for the overall strategy and executive leadership at OCHIN. Abby has been with OCHIN since its inception and has helped grow the organization nationally, focusing on building a learning organization that supports the transformation of healthcare through the use of data and technology. A prominent national speaker and HIT advisor with over 15 years of healthcare expertise, she is focused on building a premier information and technology network leveraging Health IT products, services, and the use of practice-based research to help community practices nationwide achieve federal and industry standards for healthcare delivery, quality, cost control. In 2012, Abby was named CEO of the Year for Nonprofits in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal. She holds a MBA and MHA, both from the University of Minnnesota.

Greg Van Pelt presently serves as President, Oregon Health Leadership Council. The Council is the collaborative partnership of business, health plans and health systems in Oregon to bring greater value in health care for the people of Oregon. Prior to this role Greg served as a member of the Providence Health and Services leadership team for 38 years in multiple management roles including: Chief Executive, Oregon Region Providence Health and Services, Executive Vice President and System Chief Regional Operations Officer, Chief Executive of the Washington Region, Chief Executive of Providence Health Plans, and Chief Executive of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Greg received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University and his master’s degree in health care administration from St. Louis University. He is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, serves on the board of St. Charles Health System, Bend, Oregon, and has served on the board of directors for Catholic Healthcare Association, the board of directors for Mercy Health System, St. Louis, Missouri, and served as one of the founding members of HealthShare CCO of Oregon.

Mylia Christensen is the Executive Director of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care in Oregon by leading community collaborations and producing unbiased information. Q Corp is one of 16 organizations nationwide selected to participate in Aligning Forces for Quality, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Q Corp is also a Chartered Value Exchange and member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). In addition to her role at Q Corp, Mylia currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for NRHI, which is a national organization representing over 30 member Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives. Mylia has worked in almost all facets of health care, from clinical settings to hospital and health care system management, strategic planning and administration. Mylia joined Q Corp from the OHSU Center for Evidence-based Policy where she was the Project Director for the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project. Prior to joining the Center, Mylia was a Vice President at AON Employee Benefit Consulting. She also served for six years as the Administrator of the State of Oregon’s Public Employees’ Benefit Board, responsible for Oregon’s largest employee benefit program. In the early nineties Mylia was a Vice President of Operations and Regional Director for the Oregon Health Plan enrollment broker project with Benova, Inc. Her extensive experience also includes Director of Program Development and Physician Services for Legacy Portland Hospital System and the Administrator of Women’s Health Services at Good Samaritan Hospital. She began her health care career in emergency services and critical care nursing.


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