HealtHIE Nevada Hires New Executive Director

Michael GagnonAfter an extensive search search for the right candidate, HealthInsight Nevada today announced the hiring of Michael L. Gagnon, CPHIMS, as executive director of HealtHIE Nevada, the statewide health information exchange (HIE), managed by HealthInsight. Gagnon will take over the role on August 1.

“Michael Gagnon brings 35 years of experience using technology to solve health care problems to HealtHIE Nevada,” said Deborah Huber, HealthInsight Nevada’s executive director. “He will be vital in the continued development of the state’s health information network.”

As executive director, Gagnon will be primarily responsible for the successful execution of the HealtHIE Nevada management contract, working in partnership with the board of directors. He will direct day-to-day operations for contracts and projects, lead all strategic planning activities and goal development, serve as chief spokesman for the HIE, and work with legislators and regulatory agencies to promote a healthy community.

Gagnon most recently served as chief technology officer for Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), a nonprofit organization centered in the Burlington area, where he was responsible for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all aspects of technology development. He led VITL in the development of a statewide clinical data warehouse that serves the needs of health care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations. He was also responsible for research and development, security and special projects.

He was also president of Health Information Exchange Partners, LLC, a private health care technology consulting firm, and he has been involved with several HIE projects in Vermont, New York and Michigan, including serving as the lead technical architect for the state of Michigan to help develop the Michigan Health Information Network operational strategy, governance structure and architecture plan.

Gagnon is co-founder and served as chief technology officer for Vermedx, Inc., a developer of clinical decision support systems that manage information on chronically ill patients. For more than a decade, he worked with Fletcher Allen Health Care in a variety of technology and informatics positions. In addition, he also spent several years at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as a sales manager and lead analyst.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and achieved the Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) certification from the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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