Industry Veteran Has Substantial Experience in Healthcare IT
SPRINGFIELD, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPOK), a global leader in healthcare communications, today announced that effective immediately, it has appointed Dr. Bobbie Byrne, Chief Information Officer at Advocate Aurora Health, to its Board of Directors. Illinois-based Advocate Aurora Health is a twenty-eight-hospital system serving both Illinois and Wisconsin. At Advocate Aurora Health, Dr. Byrne is responsible for all information technology applications, information security, infrastructure, clinical informatics, data warehousing and business intelligence across the entire system. She has led all technical initiatives around the merger between Advocate and Aurora, including a single patient record and system integration.
“We are excited to have Bobbie join our board,” said Vincent D. Kelly, chief executive officer. “She is a leader in Healthcare IT and will make meaningful and immediate contributions as we continue to introduce our new, innovative, cloud-native and integrated communication platform, Spok Go®. Bobbie understands our value proposition, market and customers, and will have invaluable insights as we develop our software as a service (SaaS) platform to drive and extend Spok’s market leadership.”
Kelly also announced that Dr. Byrne will serve on the newly formed Cybersecurity Committee of the Board of Directors. The primary duties of the Cybersecurity Committee will be to enhance the board’s understanding and oversight of the policies, controls and procedures that Spok management has put in place to identify, manage and mitigate risks related to cybersecurity, privacy and disaster recovery. The committee will be chaired by current Director Stacia A. Hylton. Dr. Byrne will serve on this committee with current Director N. Blair Butterfield.
“I believe that Spok’s strategy is exactly aligned with the needs of healthcare organizations and I am excited to help the company achieve its full potential,” said Dr. Byrne. “For two decades I have assisted leading healthcare organizations implement technology solutions to improve patient care, efficiency and privacy. I believe I can assist Spok in capturing the large market opportunity to deliver clinical information to care teams when and where it matters most to improve patient outcomes.”
Dr. Byrne began her career in pediatrics and holds a master’s degree in business administration. Before joining Illinois-based Advocate, Dr. Byrne was executive vice president of consumer-driven health and chief medical and quality officer for Edward-Elmhurst Health, a three-hospital system in the Chicago suburbs. There she had responsibility for quality and safety, clinical research, information technology and patient experience. Dr. Byrne had previously served as Chief Information Officer there, overseeing the Epic and Lawson implementations throughout the system. During Dr. Byrne’s tenure, Edward-Elmhurst Health hospitals were named to Hospital & Health Networks’ list of the Most Wired Hospitals & Health Systems from 2013 through 2017. Dr. Byrne was also named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2016 list of 130 women hospital and health system leaders to know, and Becker’s 2015 lists of 24 female hospital and health systems CIOs to know; 100 hospital and health systems CIOs to know; and 10 physician CIOs to know. In 2015, Dr. Byrne was named by HealthData Management Magazine as a recipient of its inaugural Women in Healthcare IT and as one of its 50 Top Healthcare IT Experts. Dr. Byrne is board certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics. Dr. Byrne has also been Senior Vice President Clinical Solutions for Eclipsys Corporation (now Allscripts), an enterprise software development company. She was also a healthcare consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst and Young.
Dr. Byrne completed medical school at Northwestern University and pediatrics residency at Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago. She also practiced at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and North Shore University Healthcare. She received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Dr. Byrne completed her BA at Northwestern University. She is active in the informatics work of the American Academy of Pediatrics, having served on the organization’s Physician Advisory Council for Informatics. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics.
The Board has retained Korn Ferry, a nationally recognized search firm, to help identify Board candidates with relevant business and development experience as the Company launches its latest software offering for critical health care communications, Spok Go®.