Friday, April 02, 2021

Transition of Adventist Health Chief Information Officers

It has been an interesting journey at Adventist Health. The CIO that hired me into my current role as Chief Technology officer passed away in early 2017. This transition marks the fourth CIO in the last five years: Alan, Karl, Matt and now Tyler.
As we continue to align our leadership structure to our 2030 strategic vision, we are focusing more attention on IT strategy and operations. To achieve top decile in experience, we must continue to tirelessly focus on our clinicians’ experience while also transforming our consumers’ digital interactions at every stage of their healthcare journey. It is critical that our IT systems and tools transform in service to this objective while also supporting operations with excellence and innovation, functioning as one team.

To direct this transformation, Chief Business Officer John Beaman has asked Tyler Whetstine, who was leading our Cerner IT Works team as CIO, to join Adventist Health as system chief information officer (CIO), leading our IT team in addition to overseeing our Cerner IT relationship. With this change, Tyler will lead IT strategy and growth, and Matt Fink will lead operations as IT operations executive, reporting to Tyler. “I am deeply grateful to Matt for his leadership and service the past four years as CIO,” John said. “With more than 20 years of IT leadership experience, he is brilliant at IT operations, and I look forward to seeing all that he and Tyler will accomplish together.”

Tyler, a Certified Healthcare CIO, previously served as a Cerner vice president for nearly 17 years and with Adventist Health for the past three. “Tyler is a visionary leader, and his familiarity with our mission, culture, teams and systems will be a tremendous help to him in his new role,” John said. “We’re grateful to have him on our team.”

Tyler’s previous leadership experience with Cerner included supporting the company’s largest healthcare systems in the eastern half of the United States through consultancy services as well as physician strategies and solutions. He earned his BS in health information administration from the University of Kansas and a certificate in healthcare leadership at University of Missouri – Kansas City.

“I love waking up at the intersection of healthcare and technology every day, and I believe that we will see more positive change in healthcare over the next decade than we have seen in the last 100 years,” Tyler said. “I’m excited about the opportunity we have every day to create revolutionary innovations for providers, patients and consumers in an ever-changing healthcare environment. I am especially excited about supporting the mission of Adventist Health focused on well-being across all of our communities”

Tyler, his wife, Sarah, and their three young sons live and attend church in the Rocklin area. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time in Lake Tahoe, skiing, golfing, hunting, fishing, ranching and following Kansas University Jayhawks basketball, Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.</ blockquote>

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