WellSpan Health CTO Mick Murphy Receives AEHIA’s 2018 Innovator Award

ANN ARBOR, MI, Nov. 12, 2018 – The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) named Michael “Mick” Murphy the 2018 AEHIA Innovator of the Year on Nov. 1 during AEHIA’s Fall Summit in San Diego. The award recognizes a member of AEHIA who has demonstrated creativity and innovation using IT to advance healthcare.

Murphy, vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) at WellSpan Health, oversees the integrated health system’s enterprise architecture, IT infrastructure integration and application development. He and his team facilitated clinicians’ access to data by shortening the EMR log-in process from 30-40 seconds to 3-4 seconds, by delivering a well-received Meaningful Use-certified patient portal and by providing technical telemedicine advancements that have improved stroke outcomes.

Each of those innovations holds special meaning, Murphy said, and all of them meet his team’s “time-back” rule that allows clinicians to spend more time on patient care. The EMR log-in improvement, for instance, affects the most people. “It impacts every user, every time,” he noted. On the other hand, the patient portal gives patients the opportunity to get engaged in their care while clinical projects have resulted in lives saved. 

“Mick uses his leadership skills and technological insights to motivate his team and bring benefits to patients, clinicians, employees and the communities served by WellSpan Health,” said John Henderson, AEHIA Board chair and vice president and CIO at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. “The innovations that he and his team have implemented are making a real difference in the lives of patients and providers.”

Murphy has almost 15 years of experience as a healthcare IT leader. In 2010, he joined WellSpan Health, an integrated regional health system serving central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland with a multispecialty medical group, approximately 1,500 physicians and more than 19,000 employees across more than 170 patient care locations, including eight hospitals. Before taking his position at WellSpan Health, he worked as CTO at Sisters of Mercy Health System.



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 530 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) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,800 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT vendors 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 healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

Candace Stuart
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