SJEH Names Piro As CIO
St. John's Episcopal Hospital has appointed Michael J. Piro as the new Chief Information Officer, responsible for all functions of information technology at St. John's and the entire Episcopal Health Services.
Piro will oversee the Hospital's information technology transition from various systems to one seamless Meditech system. Much of the transition's Phase 1 will take place this year. Phase 2, which will involve clinical documentation, will begin in 2010.
"This single-source solution will be fully integrated," says Piro. "Meditech is clinician- and patient-oriented and will result in St. John's using one electronic medical record (EMR), which will enhance patient quality and safety and enable the Hospital to become more efficient and save money."
Piro previously served at Barnert Hospital in New Jersey as the Vice President for Professional Services and Information Technology (IT). He planned, directed and implemented all information technology projects within the organization. Aside from IT, he was also in charge of a $14 million capital improvement project, which included the complete renovation of all inpatient and ambulatory surgical suites, relocation of the laboratory, among other changes. "I feel having overall hospital operations experience is essential when implementing an entirely new healthcare information system," he adds.
Piro received his Masters in Business Administration at Bernard M. Baruch College and is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.