Danville, PA
Jan 20, 2017
Position Type

Chief Data Officer

LOCATION: Danville, Pennsylvania




Geisinger’s Division of Informatics operationalizes data-driven research, discovery and programs to re-engineer healthcare using applied clinical informatics. The Division’s principles encourage deliberative democratic debate, transparency and team-based inclusiveness with the intent to accelerate the application of ideas that improve the patient experience and clinician effectiveness. The Division consists of four main functions: Informatics, Geisinger in Motion, Data Management, and the Health Sciences Library.

Informatics is home to physician and nurse informaticists, and also includes the Fellowship Program. These part-time clinicians help translate clinical needs into IT specifications, use lean-based strategies to re-engineer and eliminate waste, and take advantage of technology and data to improve the delivery of care. CI solutions typically include the EHR (e.g. Epic Corp), Radiology PACS (e.g. Philips), and Pathology systems.

Geisinger in Motion (GiM) primarily focuses on solutions that extend Geisinger’s health care delivery capabilities beyond fixed workstations and brick and mortar facilities, improve communication between the healthcare team and patients, and distribute data amongst the patient’s healthcare delivery network. GiM solutions typically include the use of Internet, portal, mobile, telehealth and Health IT technologies.

Data Management is responsible for managing all Geisinger enterprise data according to Geisinger’s Enterprise Data Management Strategy and Data Governance, and is responsible for making data accessible and intuitive for Geisinger business users. DM solutions typically include Big Data (e.g. Hadoop), Relational Data (e.g. SQL structures), and data visualization (e.g. Tableau)

The Health Sciences Library assists providers with research for patient care and patients with finding information about healthcare conditions and topics.

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) has executive-level ownership of and responsibility for Geisinger Health System’s data management and for data’s use as a strategic business asset. Specifically, the CDO is tasked with crafting and implementing the enterprise-level strategies, structures, standards and procedures for data access, integration, maintenance, governance, dissemination, and analysis. The CDO is responsible for advising other members of organizational leadership on matters of data and information strategy, with a particular focus on the role of data and information generation in value generation, business development, and organizational growth. The CDO is also the executive responsible for the business operations around data availability and use coordinating the use of data assets across the GHS enterprise. In addition to defining and governing the next generation enterprise-level data, reporting and analytics strategy, the CDO provides implementation and execution leadership for key initiatives and projects on the strategy roadmap, and executive ownership over the build out of Geisinger’s Unified Data Architecture (UDA) environment. The Chief Data Officer reports to the Chief Informatics Officer, and interacts with senior leaders and department directors to ensure achievement of Geisinger and Division goals.


Demonstrates strong administrative, organizational and leadership skills, including competence in strategic direction setting, planning, problem solving, project management and staff management. Adept at assessing needs and setting priorities.

Knowledgeable in healthcare data strategy, management, and analytics. .

Maintains expert knowledge of modern technologies and trends in data management, governance, security, and analysis. Possesses dedicated training and hands-on experience in one or more of these fields.

Possesses working knowledge of the legal and ethical dimensions of data access, sharing, and disclosure in the healthcare sector. Also has an understanding of modern approaches to strategic application of data for driving innovation and organizational growth. Demonstrates excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills. Able to interact with all levels of the organization, especially executive leadership.

Demonstrates strong facilitation and project management oversight skills.


·         Physician MD/DO or Masters or equivalent degree in Computer or Information Science, Actuarial Science, Quantitative Analysis, Business, Engineering or other relevant analytical/data field required or equivalent experience. Advanced degree strongly preferred.

·         Experience in developing and managing Enterprise Data Strategy and roadmaps that reflect enterprise strategic priorities, marketplace needs, valued added vendor partnership and alliance opportunities.

·         Executive ownership and implementation experience with data, reporting, and analytics capability/solution implementations and enterprise rollout and adoption of information assets.

·         Demonstrated managerial, budgetary, and strategic planning responsibilities and experience.

·         Healthcare experience, preferably in a large organization.



Work is typically performed in an office environment.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.


About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.


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