CommonSpirit Health, which has been dealing with the impact of a ransomware attack, has appointed Daniel Barchi as senior executive vice president and chief information officer.
Barchi, who will report to CEO Wright Lassiter III, joins CommonSpirit from New York-Presbyterian, where he served as the group senior vice president and CIO for seven years. His role there included overseeing the strategic vision and management of information technology, clinical and information business systems, innovation, analytics, information security and telemedicine.
Lassiter joined Chicago-based CommonSpirit from Henry Ford Health in August.
Prior to his time with New York-Presbyterian, Barchi served as senior vice president and CIO of Yale New Haven Health System and Yale School of Medicine, where he led a number of initiatives, including implementation of a single electronic medical record across three hospitals and the development of an information security operations center.
Barchi has also served as the CIO of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia.
CommonSpirit said Barchi will focus on providing vision and leadership to support growth, operational performance, digital innovation and IT security. In the first few months of his tenure, Barchi will immerse himself in the CommonSpirit culture and operations, engage with internal and external stakeholders, support the ongoing response to the recent cyberattack, and identify opportunities for using technology to improve patient, clinician and employee experiences.
“The CIO role is integral to our ministry, and the addition of Daniel to our team will help us further advance our mission in the communities we serve,” said Lassiter, in a statement. “I have no doubt that his expertise and leadership will help CommonSpirit deliver a more integrated digital experience for our patients, providers, and employees.”
“It’s a privilege to join a mission-oriented organization focused on improving the health of so many people,” Barchi said in a statement. “I’m excited about the many opportunities to leverage technology that can increase access to health care and support those who are delivering that care each day. I look forward to supporting CommonSpirit’s transformative work to improve the health and well-being of its communities.”
CommonSpirit Health, which was formed from the February 2019 merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health, operates 142 hospitals and nearly 2,200 care sites across 21 states. It has more than 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians.
In September, CommonSpirit Health released financial results for its 2022 fiscal year, which ended June 30. It recorded an operating loss of $1.04 billion, a (3 percent) margin, while EBITDA was $883 million, a 2.6 percent margin, when normalizing the results for income yet to be recognized for the California Provider Fee program awaiting CMS approval.