Seattle Children’s Hospital Appoints Wes Wright Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

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Mr. Wright moves into his new role to support and oversee Children’s information technology and data management processes

Seattle Children’s today announced the appointment of Wes Wright to senior vice president, chief information officer. In this new role, Wright is responsible for developing and implementing multiple information systems essential to the clinical and business operations of Seattle Children’s. Wright will also lead Children’s Privacy Program which safeguards patient health information in compliance with HIPAA and other regulations. In addition, Wright will provide leadership and strategic direction for Children’s Information Services and Knowledge Management Departments.

Wright leaves his previous role at Children’s as vice president, chief technology officer, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations delivering innovative information services to the organization. Since joining the hospital four years ago, Wright spearheaded the development and rollout of the hospital’s desktop virtualization initiative. This implementation accelerated systems’ logins from several minutes to just 20 seconds, saving staff time, improving patient interactions, and virtually eliminated desktop technical issues which helped enhance patient service.

While his new role will encompass many of Wright’s previous responsibilities, he will now play a more crucial role in determining high-level strategy for the Information Services Department and the overall organization.

“Wes has been the driving force behind improving the way Seattle Children’s shares and handles patient data and making technology more transparent to our clinicians,” said Thomas N. Hansen, MD, CEO at Seattle Children's. “With information technology becoming more critical in the way hospitals are run, Children’s is fortunate to have someone so dedicated to improving patient care through efficient data management.”

Prior to joining Children’s, Wright was the executive director of information services for Scripps Health. Before Scripps Health, he served for 20 years in the United States Air Force where he was a health services administrator and a cryptologic linguist, specializing in Korean.

“In my new role as CIO, I will get the chance to become more directly involved with Children’s clinicians as I work to translate their needs and specific requirements into better defined IT capabilities,” said Wright. “From a mission perspective, it doesn’t get any better than working every day to provide information to clinicians so that they can take better care of children.”

Wright will report to Dr. Hansen.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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