Season 4: Episode #120

Podcast with Tim Skeen, SVP & CIO, Sentara Healthcare

"We want to define what ‘good’ looks like and prioritize our digital health investments accordingly.."

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In this episode, Tim Skeen, SVP and CIO of Sentara Healthcare, discusses how he determines his technology priorities and initiatives for driving digital transformation. Norfolk, VA-based is an integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system comprising 12 hospitals. As CIO for Sentara and its affiliated health plan (Optima Health), Tim focuses on driving synergies through technology to improve member/patient experiences, manage population health, and drive efficiencies.

Tim explains how data is the foundation to drive better healthcare outcomes and how the right data sets can identify care gaps, lower the cost of care, and improve overall healthcare outcomes. He discusses their strategic partnerships for cloud-enabled data and analytics with Microsoft, including their investments in industry consortium Truveta. He also talks about their cloud transformation journey and the IP they have developed for cloud migration that they intend to monetize through a commercial venture. Take a listen.

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Show Notes

00:54Tell us a little about Sentara Healthcare, the populations you serve, and your role.
04:39Many would refer to Sentara as ‘payvider,’ a payer and a provider. How do these drive technology priorities as a CIO? Can you share some of the unique needs of an entity like Sentara?
08:08What's the best outcome for the patient population and consequently for the organization? From a technology standpoint, is data a common use of platforms?
17:54 Where are you in your cloud transformation and CRM journeys? Where does your core transaction platform for the health system – Epic – fit in?
22:09Several progressive health systems are also patenting their cloud migration process. What's the big driving force behind taking internally developed IP and then spinning it off as a separate entity?
26:51 How are you approaching the digital health solutions landscape as you transform your organization?
34:06 How are you managing the governance for all your digital initiatives?
37:30How do you see the role of the CIO today and what has changed in the last couple of years?

About our guest

Tim-Skeen-profile

Tim Skeen, SVP & CIO for Sentara Healthcare, has overall responsibility for leading the enterprise technology organization supporting all aspects of the Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), Optima Health Plan, and Corporate Services.

He is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience both inside and outside of health care. Tim has always been focused on ensuring technology plays a key role in every aspect of the business to enable associates to serve consumers efficiently today while building a foundation for tomorrow. He empowers teams to bring creativity and forward-thinking to their roles daily and understands the vast opportunities technology, advanced analytics, and digitization are bringing to the health care industry.

Tim-Skeen-profile

Tim Skeen, SVP & CIO for Sentara Healthcare, has overall responsibility for leading the enterprise technology organization supporting all aspects of the Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), Optima Health Plan, and Corporate Services.

He is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience both inside and outside of health care. Tim has always been focused on ensuring technology plays a key role in every aspect of the business to enable associates to serve consumers efficiently today while building a foundation for tomorrow.

He empowers teams to bring creativity and forward-thinking to their roles daily and understands the vast opportunities technology, advanced analytics, and digitization are bringing to the health care industry.

Prior to Tim’s role at Sentara, he served as Anthem’s COO of the Government Business Division and as Anthem’s CIO responsible for enterprise architecture, data and analytics, SOA platforms, cloud operations, infrastructure, information security, network operations, and business and corporate applications. Tim also served as chief information officer at Amerigroup, chief technology officer at Molina Healthcare, and chief information officer at Unisys for the Health Information Management Division.

About the host

Paddy is the co-author of Healthcare Digital Transformation – How Consumerism, Technology and Pandemic are Accelerating the Future (Taylor & Francis, Aug 2020), along with Edward W. Marx. Paddy is also the author of the best-selling book The Big Unlock – Harnessing Data and Growing Digital Health Businesses in a Value-based Care Era (Archway Publishing, 2017). He is the host of the highly subscribed The Big Unlock podcast on digital transformation in healthcare featuring C-level executives from the healthcare and technology sectors. He is widely published and has a by-lined column in CIO Magazine and other respected industry publications.

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