Kisha Hortman Hawthorne, MHA, MBA, FACHE

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Since Hawthorne came to CHOP in 2009, she has taken on increased responsibility in the Information Services Department, and was elevated from interim CIO to her current position in April 2016. She oversees 550 full-time-equivalent employees who support more than 250 applications and manage 12,000 employee and 18,000 active directory accounts. She is responsible for directing the information technology platforms and data integrity for CHOP and ensuring compliance with all regulatory and information security practices.

Breakthrough moment

“When I was at Springfield, Ill., Memorial Medical Center managing patient access, the Memorial Health System moved from a legacy DOS-based computer platform to a new electronic medical record system. I headed up the implementation at our location. That was my breakthrough moment, when I got the information technology bug. IT is here to stay in healthcare and research. It’s the future of how we can make the lives of our patients and their families, and our employees and clinicians, easier.”

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