06 Mar Janet Marchibroda to leave eHealth Initiative for IBM
Madison – Janet Marchibroda, chief executive officer of the eHealth Initiative, will leave the organization she has led since its founding to become chief healthcare officer at IBM, according to Dan Pelino, general manger of IBM’s Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry
“We at IBM have long applauded the innovative roles that Janet has played in driving the integration of technology into the relationships that physicians have with their patients to increase safety, involve individuals in the management of their own care, and raise awareness of the tools our nation and the world will need to achieve wellness based on access to information,” said Dan Pelino, General Manager, IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry. “I am delighted to have Janet join our strong lineup of IBM leaders who are at the forefront of defining how health information technology can build a new world of smarter, more connected healthcare going forward.”
Marchibroda was recognized in 2005 as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and in 2006 for the Federal Computer Week Top 100 Award. Jennifer Covich Bordenick, eHealth’s chief operating officer, will act as interim CEO effective April 1 while the company conducts a search for Marchibroda’s replacement.
“Janet’s enthusiasm and early leadership helped convey the potential of health IT innovations to the health care community. Her ability to bring people together around common problems helped to forge sustainable solutions for the health care community,” said Patti Brennan, RN, Phd, FAAN and Chair, Industrial & Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, and Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing at UW-Madison.
Marchibroda said that she will manage a healthcare campaign and working on strategy, thought leadership and policy for IBM.
“We’ve made an enormous amount of progress, with the recent enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will provide a much-needed net investment of $19 billion to support improvements in health and healthcare through the use of health IT, Marchibroda said in a e-mail statement that appeared on ModernHealthcare.com.
Wisconsin Health Information Exchange Executive Director, Kim R. Pemble, said, “we applaud Ms. Marchibroda, her leadership and the entire team at eHealth Initiative. Her efforts have been instrumental in raising awareness of opportunity and value of health information exchange. Since its inception, eHealth Initiative has achieved many significant milestones in a challenging business space and established a tremendous resource for communities seeking to initiate, grow and sustain health information exchange activities.”
Ms. Marchibroda previously served as the Executive Director of Connecting for Health, a public-private sector initiative funded and led by the Markle Foundation that focuses on the development of policies to help consumers and clinicians improve the health of all citizens, and the health care system that supports them, through the use of information technologies
Connecting for Health is also supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is designed to catalyze actions on a national basis to drive electronic connectivity and create an interconnected, electronic health information infrastructure.
Prior to the eHealth Initiative, Ms. Marchibroda co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer for two health care information organizations, one which focuses on providing patient safety and compliance information to physicians and the other the Bertelsmann AG subsidiary which focuses on providing electronic publishing services to the payer community to support member information needs. She also served as the interim Chief Operating Officer for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
Ms. Marchibroda also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization devoted to evaluating and improving the quality of health care for Americans–where she was responsible for accreditation of healthcare organizations, education programs, the national HEDIS database, electronic information products, strategic planning, human resources, finance, and administration. She holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA with a concentration in organization development from George Washington University.