A number of Indian American hospital and health system chief medical informatics officers were among those recognized in Becker's Hospital Review's recent 50 hospital and health system “CMIOs to Know” list.

Among the executives were Ranjit Aiyagari, Sameer Badlani, Bimal Desai, Nicholas Desai, Srinivasan Suresh and Vinay Vaidya.

The publication said that health IT is becoming increasingly important for hospitals and health systems to manage data gathering, reporting, patient security and clinical improvement, in setting up the list of 50 health workers.

Aiyagari is the CMIO of Michigan Medicine in the office of clinical informatics in Ann Arbor. His clinical practice focuses on pediatric cardiology and his research includes improving end-of-life care for children with untreatable heart disease, his bio said.

He oversaw the implementation of MiChart electronic health records at Ann Arbor-based C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Aiyagari earned his medical degree at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington and completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship with the University of Michigan Health System.

Badlani is vice president and CHIO for Sutter Health in Sacramento, Calif., responsible for enterprise analytics, data management and clinical informatics. He focuses on using technology for clinician engagement, social psychology and generating actionable analytics in clinical and business processes with the goal of automating workflows.

Badlani earned his medical degree from the University of Delhi in India and completed training in biomedical informatics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He previously served as CHIO of Intermountain Healthcare.

Bimal Desai is the assistant vice president and chief health informatics officer of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In that role, he helped create the hospital's digital health program, which covers telemedicine, research and exploring partnerships outside of the CHOP Care Network for clinicians to access patient information across organizations.

In addition to his clinical work, Desai co-founded Haystack Informatics, a company spun out of CHOP's "Open Campus" innovation competition in 2014 using EMR and healthcare employee patterns to protect patient privacy. In May, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies honored Desai with the Healthcare Innovator award.

Nicholas Desai is the CMIO at Houston Methodist. Before accepting the position, he was the system medical director of information technology. While at the hospital, Desai implemented a health information exchange mechanism to manage health IT across the systems' various facilities.

Suresh is the CMIO of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He joined Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as CMIO and medical officer, quality and patient safety in September 2014 and continues to serve as CMIO. He has previous experience as CMIO of Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where he was responsible for planning and executing the hospital's IT vision and supporting long-term objectives.

Suresh played a role in implementing an ambulatory EMR and led the clinical transformation team in troubleshooting the inpatient EMR. An emergency medicine physician by training, he has experience as chairing the medical informatics SIG of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Vaidya is the vice president and CMIO of Phoenix Children's Hospital. Vaidya started as the CMIO of Phoenix Children's in 2009. During his tenure, he has worked to develop medical informatics systems for pediatrics. The idea that his work on informatics can help to affect a much broader patient base is what drives him throughout his career. He has a patent on a system that presents critical patient information without human interaction.

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