John K. Evans appointed President and CEO at Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.

NEWS RELEASE

Nov. 8, 2012

Contact:
Steve Larose
802-839-1945
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Montpelier, Vt. – John K. Evans, MHA, FACHE, has been
appointed the president and chief executive officer of Vermont
Information Technology Leaders, Inc. VITL is a non-profit
organization that operates the statewide health information exchange,
a secure network that enables health care organizations to exchange
clinical and administrative health data needed at the point of care,
for clinical decision support and to manage population health. VITL
also assists Vermont health care providers with the selection and
implementation of electronic health records systems and other health
information technology.

Evans has extensive experience in developing and implementing health
information exchanges around the country, having worked as a
consultant to the industry since 2006. As president of Strategic
Alliance Advisors, Inc., d/b/a s2a, Evans provided leadership for
statewide HIE initiatives in Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, and New
Hampshire, as well as regional HIE projects in New York and northern
Michigan. His firm’s work included assisting both rural and urban HIEs
with project management, technical architecture development, vendor
selection, sustainability planning, and developing security and
privacy policies.

Before starting his consulting firm, Evans was deeply involved in
Vermont’s efforts to develop a statewide health information exchange,
as senior vice president and chief technology officer at Fletcher
Allen Health Care in Burlington. He also served as the first chair of
VITL’s board of directors, when the public-private partnership became
an independent non-profit in 2005.

“John Evans brings to VITL a deep knowledge of the best strategies and
practices for operating a health information exchange, having been
successful with this type of business in many places around the
country,” said Don George, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Vermont and the current chair of VITL’s board. “He also is a
Vermonter and has a detailed understanding of our state’s health care
system, which will be very important as VITL continues to play a
critical role in enabling Vermont’s health care reform efforts.”

“I am very impressed with John’s background in HIE operations and
health information technology. He has worked with HIEs around the
country to make them successful and knows what it takes to create a
HIE that is sustainable for the long haul,” said Chuck Podesta, a VITL
board member and the chief information officer at Fletcher Allen
Health Care. “John’s insight into how HIEs can create value for both
health care providers and their patients will be very beneficial as
VITL moves forward.”

“I’m honored to be selected as VITL’s president and CEO. The
organization’s very name signifies the important role it has in
leveraging information technology to improve the ability of health
care organizations and providers across the state to access and use
clinical and administrative health information,” said Evans. “The
exchange of health information is a key component to improving patient
care delivery and succeeding under health care reform.”

Prior to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Evans served as chief operating
officer at hospitals and health systems in Connecticut, where he led
several successful turnaround efforts, often leveraging the use of
information technology and clinical technology to improve clinical and
financial performance. Evans also served as vice president for
Strategic Solutions, a division of Siemens Healthcare in Malvern, Pa.,
a global leader in health care technology, as well as president and
CEO of NovaMed, a technology and diversified health services company,
located in Bridgeport, Conn.

Evans earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, and
his master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University in
Waco, Texas. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare
Executives, a member of UVM’s Vermont Regional Board, and is a retired
Army officer. He and his wife Ellen reside in Charlotte, Vt.

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