Our Judges

Submissions were judged by a distinguished panel of third-party executives from renowned U.S. hospitals, healthcare systems and insurance companies. Submissions were not reviewed by members of the Fierce editorial team.


Jessica Grosset, Vice Chair for IT operations and infrastructure, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

In September, FierceHealthIT named Jessica one of the most Influential Women in Health IT. Under Grosset's watch, Mayo has saved $40 million by automating basic EMR functions and implementing a CPOE system. Mayo earned HIMSS Stage 7 EMRAM status in 2011.

Dr. John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

John is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee and a practicing Emergency Physician. As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3,000 doctors, 14,000 employees and two million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Eastern Massachusetts. As co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide. As co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee, he engages the stakeholders of the Commonwealth to guide the development of a statewide health information exchange. John also serves on the FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board. 

Susan Heichert, CIO and Senior VP, Allina Health, Minneapolis

Susan was part of the team that implemented the Electronic Health record. She received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Minnesota. Susan has been working in Healthcare Informatics for over 25 years in various capacities.

Theresa Meadows, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Cook Children's Health Care System

Theresa Meadows is the CIO of Cook Children's Health Care System, an integrated system in Fort Worth, Texas, that includes two hospitals, an ambulatory surgery center, specialty clinics and a health plan. Meadows' has a master's degree in healthcare informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a HIMSS fellow and a member of CHIME.

Roger Neal, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology, Duncan Regional Hospital

Roger Neal is the vice president of IT and CIO for the 145-bed Duncan (Okla.) Regional Hospital. He has lead projects including the installation of a hospital-wide PACS, electronic nursing documentation systems, integrated physician office systems and patient safety systems. He received a Master of Science degree in telecommunications management from Oklahoma State University.

Daniel Nigrin, SVP of Information Services & CIO, Division of Endocrinology & Informatics Program, Boston Children's Hospital

Daniel also serves as assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; is a senior staff member of the Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP) and is a practicing member of Boston Children's Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. Earlier this year, he was recognized by Healthcare IT News as one of the health IT industry’s most influential game-changers. In 2010, HIMSS Analytics awarded Boston Children’s Hospital a Stage 7 designation on its EMR Adoption Score. And in 2005, Computerworld named him a ”Premier 100 IT Leader.” As CIO of one of the world's preeminent institutions for pediatric clinical care and research, he is responsible for all clinical, research, teaching and administrative IT systems serving 10,000 staff at Boston Children’s. As a practicing physician, medical informatics researcher and information technology executive, he is in a unique position to put into practice cutting edge technologies and ideas developed by CHIP and other biomedical informatics centers of excellence.

Todd Richardson, Chief Information Officer, Aspirus, Inc.

Todd Richardson is the CIO at Aspirus, Inc., a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wis., that includes four hospitals and four ambulatory surgery centers. Prior to joining Aspirus, Richardson was the CIO at Deaconess Health System, a six-hospital system in Evansville, Ind. He also has served as the vice president of information systems for both Christus St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M., and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Waterloo, Iowa.

Ed Ricks, Vice President of Information Services & CIO, Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital

Ed has spent more than twenty five years working in health IT. Last year, he was identified as an “EHR Game Changer” by the healthcare industry media for his CPOE implementation and for his deployment of a virtualized desktop environment that allows staff to easily access patient information at multiple workstations. In 2013 Beaufort Memorial was named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals for the eleventh consecutive year. In 2011, Ricks was named a “Premier 100 IT Leader” by Computerworld. He was formerly a VP & CIO at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y.

Sue Schade, CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor

This year, the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers year was again identified by U.S. News & World Report as offering the best hospital care in the state. Sue, who was appointed CIO in August 2012, was formerly the CIO of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she received several recognitions, including the 2008 CIO 100 Award. Under Sue’s leadership, Brigham and Women’s achieved HIMSS Stage 6 status. Schade has been recognized by Computerworld magazine as a “Premier 100 IT Leader” and has been named a HIMSS chapter “CIO of the Year.” She also serves on the FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board.

Pat Skarulis, VP Information Systems and CIO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Pat oversees all computing and communications for the clinical, educational and research enterprise. Prior to joining Sloan Kettering, she served in a similar capacity as Vice President and CIO at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where she was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management. Prior positions include: Vice President for Information Systems and Vice Chancellor at Duke University where she was also Professor of the Practice of Computer Science; Director, Administrative Systems at Princeton University; Assistant Director, Academic Computing at Rutgers University, and Associate Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories. She received her M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics from St. John’s University in New York, and attended the Institute for Educational Management, an executive program for higher education at Harvard.