Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced that Paul T. Browne has been named chief information officer. In his new role, Browne will oversee the leadership and strategic direction of Tenet’s information technology systems and identify opportunities to advance the company’s business interests through the application of information technology. He will continue to oversee the strategy and operations of the applied informatics department, a leadership role he has held since June 2012 when he was appointed senior vice president.
“Paul is an established industry leader who has the necessary experience and vision to integrate our health information technology initiatives with Tenet’s overall IT efforts,” said Trevor Fetter, Tenet’s president and chief executive officer. “Tenet is a leader in advancing health IT systems to improve clinical outcomes. Paul’s expanded leadership will further enhance our robust health IT program and complement the excellent work that Liz Johnson, vice president of applied clinical informatics, and our entire team have been delivering.”
Browne, 48, joined Tenet in June 2012 and succeeds Stephen F. Brown, who will retire in March 2013 after more than 35 years with the company.
“Steve Brown has been an instrumental part of our leadership team, and has made many contributions to Tenet and its predecessor American Medical International for more than three decades. He was responsible for establishing industry-leading information systems that have enabled Tenet to excel in improving clinical quality and reducing cost. One signature achievement led by Steve was the development of highly effective revenue cycle systems that are the foundation of our Conifer Revenue Cycle Solutions,” Fetter said. “We appreciate Steve’s many contributions, which have helped position Tenet for long-term success, and his commitment to a smooth and well-planned transition. We look forward to celebrating his well-deserved retirement next year.”Browne was named a “Top 50 Innovator” across all industries and a “Top 5 Innovator” in health care by InformationWeek in 2011 when he was serving as the chief integration officer at Trinity Health in Novi, Mich. Trinity Health is one of the largest Catholic health care systems and the 10th largest health system in the United States. In this role, Browne was responsible for executing strategic programs, including the post-merger integration of newly acquired entities, clinical and business intelligence strategies, regulatory reform readiness and ambulatory care infrastructure. Browne served in a number of other executive roles during his 13-year tenure at Trinity Health . Prior to serving as chief integration officer, Browne spent five years at SelectCare, a regional managed care organization and eight years providing consulting services for Accenture/Andersen Consulting. Browne received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in health service administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.