A CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO) is much more than a computer expert. A CIO must be a strategic, big-picture thinker who can effectively align the possibilities of information technology with an organization’s needs and goals. Such an individual is Keith Jennings, a leader within the Information Systems (IS) department for 10 years, who recently was selected as CIO for the MGH and MGPO. He began the new role Sept. 15, taking on the position held since 1994 by Jim Noga, who has become CIO of Partners HealthCare.
“It is an honor to be entrusted to help the MGH and MGPO move forward in this new and complicated health care environment,” says Jennings. “Jim Noga’s legacy at the MGH is a high-performing IS department. We have seasoned managers and a cadre of talented analysts and technicians. My charge now, in collaboration with clinical and administrative leadership, is to utilize this talent to make sure we can meet the needs of our clinicians, researchers, staff and patients.”
Jennings first joined the hospital as corporate manager of IDX Technology Support in 2001 and then became corporate manager of IS Management and Planning in 2004. Over the past 10 months he also served as interim director for IS Management and Planning. Among his achievements, Jennings led the implementation of IS infrastructure for multiple new MGH facilities, including the Lunder Building, and spearheaded the development of tech innovations such as patient tracking and an alert and notification system to support the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid demonstration pilot. In addition, Jennings oversaw the successful integration of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital into the Partners network.
Prior to his career at the MGH and MGPO, Jennings spent 10 years in several health care IS roles and 12 years as a military police officer and civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
“We are delighted to have Keith as our new CIO,” says Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration. “We look forward to supporting him and his team as they continue to utilize information technology to help advance the missions of the MGH and MGPO.”