Mary Alice Annecharico, MS, RN, is senior vice president and chief information officer for the Henry Ford Health System. She has an extensive nursing leadership background in the transformation of clinical and business environments through the use of technology. Annecharico also served as chief information officer for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. In collaboration with academic colleagues, peer institutions, and industry leaders, she has worked to develop privacy, security, and clinical research standards for academic organizations. Her current responsibilities at the Henry Ford System include strategic planning; delivery and support of integrated delivery systems, including the Project Helios revenue cycle; electronic health record; physician and patient portals; and information technology improvement services. Annecharico is highly regarded for her ability to transform information technology services into highly effective, cross-disciplinary teams responsible for using technology resources to improve services and realize strategic organizational goals. She is actively involved in national efforts to create a sustainable, secure, statewide health information exchange that offers interoperability between regional and national health information networks to provide access to clinical data and improved measurable health outcomes. Annecharico is a fellow in the Health Information Systems Society and editor of the Journal of Health Information Management.
Mary Beth Mitchell, MS, RN, is the chief nurse information officer for Texas Health Resources, a 14-hospital not-for-profit, faith-based organization in north Texas. She has worked in nursing informatics for more than 15 years at the hospital and corporate levels. In her current role, Mitchell oversees the nursing adoption, utilization, and optimization of the electronic health record for all hospitals within the Texas Health Resources system. She has developed and managed SuperUser and nursing informatics programs within the hospital setting. She serves as the liaison for information technology related nursing projects and chairs the Texas Health Resources System’s Nursing Informatics Council. Mitchell holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, a postgraduate certificate in nursing informatics from Duke University, and is certified in nursing informatics. She has delivered presentations nationally on nursing’s use of the electronic health record and professional practice in nursing informatics. Mitchell is the recipient of the Texas Health Resources System’s 2006 Advancing Systemness through Information Management award and was a semi-finalist for the 2012 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award. She currently chairs the Health Information Systems Society’s Nursing Informatics Committee, is a member of the board of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the American Nurses Informatics Association, and is part of the initial team that started a Nursing Informatics Community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.