Beth Israel focusing in on IT doc as next CEO

An IT geek could be named the new CEO of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), one of the most renowned teaching hospitals in the country, the Boston Globe reports

Dr. Kevin Tabb is the chief medical officer at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Hired in 2005 to serve as SHC's chief quality and medical information officer, he was integral in the facility's implementation of electronic medical records. Prior to working at the Palo Alto-based organization, Tabb was responsible for informatics and quality improvement strategies as president of clinical data services for GE Healthcare Information Technologies. 

With such an extensive IT background, Tabb could boost BIDMC's technology profile even further. A post on the HIStalk blog over the weekend noted that Tabb could be a "geeky kindred spirit for [BIDMC] CIO John Halamka."

Although hospital officials have remained tight-lipped, board chair Stephen Kay last week informed BIDMC employees via email that the board had closed in on a leading candidate, according to the Globe.

It selected, Tabb would replace Paul Levy, who left in January amid controversy over his close relationship with a female employee.

To learn more:
- read the Boston Globe article

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