Health Applications Executives Lisa Flesher, Jason Ortiz and Jeff Wojtasik Join AEHIA Board
ANN ARBOR, MI, Jan. 24, 2020 – Three members who collectively offer nearly 60 years of healthcare experience joined the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) Board this year. They are: Lisa Flesher, senior director of clinical applications and physician EMR services at Children’s Health in Dallas; Jason Ortiz, independent consultant (formerly at Sharp HealthCare); and Jeff Wojtasik, director of Enterprise Information Management at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York in Buffalo.
Flesher has 25 years of healthcare experience, including three years in revenue cycle management, five managing a neurosciences division and 17 in information technology. At Children’s Health, she is responsible for all clinical applications, including the Epic EMR, imaging systems, department-specific systems and central sterile inventory and sterilization. She has been involved in two EMR implementations, two lab systems implementations, a PACS system implementation and migration, two revenue cycle implementations and numerous departmental system implementations.
Ortiz has a 25-year career as a technology executive, serving in complex roles in healthcare leadership and innovation. In his role at Sharp HealthCare, he led key health IT initiatives in both acute and ambulatory areas, including enhancements in medication management and perioperative technologies for the five-hospital system at Sharp to meet key clinical quality goals. Ortiz also led teams that support retail pharmacy, home health and oncology systems.During his 20-year active duty career, he served as a CIO and Chief Information Systems Security Officer of a 21-site nationwide healthcare system while serving in the U.S. Public Health Service, leading a deployment and modernizing the EHR and Authorizations and Claims management systems. Prior to that, he served as healthcare executive (CIO, contracts, finance, supply chain, and facilities) for seven years in the U.S. Air Force.
Wojtasik spent the first 15 years of his career as a software developer, adjunct professor of computer science at Canisius College and co-owner of a web development consulting company. Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a solution architect, team lead, manager and director of technical analyst and development teams. He has been involved in healthcare for the past eight years, including managing a development team for a medical device manufacturing company, working for a not-for-profit health insurance payer organization with a focus on enrollment and claims processes to help underprivileged communities gain access to government health insurance programs, director of applications at Erie County Medical Center and currently as director of enterprise information management at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
“Lisa, Jason and Jeff are great additions to the AEHIA Board,” said 2019 AEHIA Board Chair Nicole Kerkenbush, chief nursing and performance officer at Monument Health (formerly Regional Health) in Rapid City, S.D. “They each bring extensive experience in IT and a passion for making the lives of patients and clinicians better through applications. Their knowledge and perspective will help us develop world-class programs for our members.”
Flesher, Ortiz and Wojtasik assumed their three-year terms on Jan. 1. The AEHIA Board provides general guidance and direction on matters affecting the growth and development of the organization. AEHIA is an affiliate of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
Note: This article was updated on Jan. 31, 2020.
The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) was launched in 2014 as an educational, professional development and networking platform for chief applications officers and other senior healthcare IT applications leaders. With more than 540 members, AEHIA is advancing the role of healthcare IT applications leaders through education, collaboration and advocacy in support of applications that improve healthcare delivery and efficiency. For more Information, please visit aehia.org.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 3,200 members in 56 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.
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