ICA Announces Expansion and Addition to Its Leadership Team, Welcomes New Board Members

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- With continued dramatic market uptake of its CareAlign™ solution among Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and hospital systems throughout the country, the Informatics Corporation of America (ICA; www.icainformatics.com) announces expansion in the Company’s leadership team. John Tempesco, formerly vice president, Client Services, assumes the role of Chief Marketing Officer; Brian Higdon, formerly of Affinion Group, becomes vice president, Client Services; and Sandra H. Lillie, formerly vice president, Strategic Accounts at TeraMedica Healthcare Technology, steps in as vice president of Sales and Business Development.

ICA also welcomes new members to its Board of Directors: Brett Sweet, vice chancellor for Finance and chief financial officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; John F. Manning, associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs and chief administration officer, senior associate dean for Operations and Administration, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and Gordon R. Bernard, M.D., associate vice-chancellor for Research, senior associate dean for Clinical Sciences, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“We are particularly pleased to formalize Vanderbilt’s presence on our Board,” states Gary M. Zegiestowsky, CEO of ICA, provider of a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities, and state governments. “The clinical oversight with the addition of a physician to our Board combined with the broader medical center and academic leadership further enhances our ability to leverage our Vanderbilt heritage. Thanks to our remarkable growth and extraordinary customer satisfaction, we are pleased to further enrich our leadership in an impactful way. As we work to extend our reach in the market, Sandra Lillie brings multiple dimensions of expertise and experience to help us best promote the value we believe ICA can bring to the health care market. Furthermore, all implementation activities will benefit from the significant experience of Brian Higdon, who also has years of experience in recruiting and developing high performance teams, streamlining processes for solution deployment, and optimizing information technology solutions to best align with client needs and priorities.”

Before joining ICA, Higdon ran Client and Member Services for Affinion Group, a $1.5B international marketing company where his teams developed and delivered client solutions for 4,500 institutions and more than 30 million customers. Prior to this position, Mr. Higdon served as a Manager for Arthur Andersen in the Business Process Consulting Group, where he worked with national clients providing solutions and driving consistent execution across a variety of industries. Mr. Higdon began his professional career in the U.S. Army where he was a Ranger and combat veteran. He is a C.P.A. with degrees in Business Management and Accounting from Tennessee Technological University.

Lillie has a proven track record of growing profitable business, securing new engagements, cross-functional collaboration, and maintaining loyal customer relationships. Prior to joining ICA she was vice president, Strategic Accounts, at TeraMedica Healthcare Technology where she increased sales velocity from a direct-sale-only strategy to one that includes formal business partners. Prior to this position, Ms. Lillie served as director and area vice president, Healthcare & Life Sciences-East, for Dell, Inc. where she led a $470M business comprised of three regions selling to the health care provider markets, and expanded the sales team to support new market focus in the health care payer space. Prior to Dell, Sandra held multiple leadership positions with both EMC Corporation and Unisys. She received a B.S. in Business from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Currently, ICA is working with more than 100 hospitals and over 500 clinics to deliver its EHR, tools and technology solutions, including Northwest Healthcare, the largest participant in the Health Information Exchange of Montana (HIEM); Bassett Healthcare’s integrated delivery system in Cooperstown, N.Y.; Lourdes Hospital Systems, Paducah, K.Y.; and the Mid-South eHealth Alliance, the Memphis-based regional health information exchange. ICA has further expanded its geographic reach with client signings in Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

New Board member Dr. Bernard adds, “As a practicing physician, I am delighted to join the ICA Board, given my long-standing involvement in hospital-based informatics developments around patient care at Vanderbilt. It is clear the IT solutions have improved patient outcomes, and I expect this strong trend to continue for the foreseeable future.”

About Informatics Corporation of America (ICA)

Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) was formed to take innovative technology developed by practicing clinicians and informatics professionals at Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader health care market. ICA provides a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states, including: a comprehensive clinical information engine; portal and communications platform; interoperability capabilities; EHR-Lite; disease management and analytics and reporting tools. ICA empowers caregivers to make informed decisions at the point of care with its standards-based interoperability to help health care enterprises achieve operational efficiencies across multiple providers and settings. Visit www.icainformatics.com.


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