Novant CIO Dave Garrett departs after a decade on the job

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Novant Health CIO Dave Garrett has left the organization after 10 years. (Getty/Robert Daly)

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the current executive structure at Novant Health. 

Novant Health’s Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President Dave Garrett, who helped consolidate the system's disparate billing and EHR systems onto a single platform during his decade on the job, has left the health system.

Headquartered in North Carolina, Novant includes 15 hospitals and more than 350 physician practices spread across three states. Recently, the system launched several data-sharing partnerships with other providers across North Carolina. 

The reason for Garrett’s departure is unclear and Novant declined to comment. 

“As a matter of Novant Health’s corporate policy, we do not release information on current or former employees,” Novant spokesperson Jennifer Garber said in an email to FierceHealthcare.

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FierceHealthcare caught up with Keith Griffin, M.D., Novant’s chief medical information officer, at HIMSS earlier this week. He said Garrett left the system last week, adding “he’s a good friend.”

Angela Yochem, who was appointed as the organization's chief digital officer earlier this year, is overseeing the IT department.

“I think her plan is to look for somebody, but for right now, people are reporting up to her,” Griffin said.

Yochem came to the organization in January to fill a newly created executive position and was tasked with developing a strategic vision for integrating digital health tools. It’s Yochem’s first foray into the provider side of healthcare after stints at Rent-A-Center and BDP International.

She previously told FierceHealthcare her position was created “not because there is a perceived deficiency in technology leadership,” but because existing leadership is acutely focused on the system’s IT infrastructure.

“It’s amazing for me to walk into an organization with a strong technology foundation,” she said at the time. “What that allows me to do is discover the white space: what hasn’t been done because we were focused on the foundational capabilities that had to be addressed.”