Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Names New Chief Medical Information Officer to Improve Care Through Health Informatics

November 4, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - November 4, 2014 - Srinivasan Suresh, MD, MBA, FAAP, has been named the new chief medical information officer (CMIO) at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he plans to improve the effectiveness of the hospital's health informatics program by applying business intelligence tools to collect, analyze and report quality and safety data in various patient care settings.

Dr. Suresh will continue to make the electronic medical record (EMR) system more user-friendly and improve outcomes for patients by incorporating clinical decision support tools at the point of care in the EMR. This system, which was implemented at Children's Hospital in 2002, electronically stores each patient's full medical history and care details, and has significantly reduced potential medical errors and streamlined processes, making Children's one of the nation's most technologically advanced children's hospitals.

Prior to joining Children's, Dr. Suresh was at Children's Hospital of Michigan, where he worked for 21 years. During his time there, he served as the CMIO, in addition to being the associate director of the pediatric residency program, the medical director of the emergency department, and vice chief of finance and strategy for the pediatric practice plan. He has been a pediatric emergency medicine physician since 1996 and will continue to practice in the emergency department at Children's in addition to his CMIO duties.

"At Children's, I am looking to use business intelligence tools and advanced data analytics to enhance provider and patient experience at the point of care," said Dr. Suresh, also medical officer, quality and patient safety at Children's. "I plan to explore growth opportunities for our telemedicine capabilities regionally and internationally and evaluate additional ways to collaborate with industry and academia."

"Children's has been a national leader in safety, quality and efficiency," said Steven Docimo, MD, chief medical officer, Children's. "By recruiting a physician with Dr. Suresh's experience and abilities, Children's will be able to advance pediatric health care through enhancements to the hospital's health informatics program, and safety and quality infrastructure. These enhancements will benefit our families directly every day and, indirectly, the care of children around the world."

Dr. Suresh obtained his medical degree from the University of Madras in India. He completed his pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital of Michigan and obtained a business degree from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Suresh is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatric Association, American Medical Informatics Association and Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems.

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