Dedra (Dee) Cantrell, RN, BSS, MS, FHIMSS
CIO, Emory Healthcare (Emeritus)
Dee Cantrell is a Chief Information Officer, most recently at Emory Healthcare, Inc. in Atlanta GA and retired from Emory after 21 years. Ms. Cantrell earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Capella University and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Brenau University. She worked as a Registered Nurse in multiple capacities before becoming involved in healthcare information technology and traveled extensively for a national consulting firm as a clinical informatics expert helping to lead numerous HIT initiatives. She came to Emory in 1994 as Director of Patient Services Informatics and rapidly progressed through several promotions becoming the first female CIO for Emory Healthcare in 2000.
Ms. Cantrell has been instrumental in expanding the role and the influence technology plays in healthcare at every level – patient care, research and education. Examples of key initiatives she has led includes – development and implementation of EMRs, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide, extensible clinical data warehouse, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide Global Patient Registration System, implementation of various clinical and business systems and the extensive list goes on. She led several hospitals and clinics in the achievement of Meaningful Use and ICD10 compliance. Collectively the initiatives led by Ms. Cantrell have changed and will continue to change the face of healthcare to the patients, to the providers while also offering new potential for research and discovery.
Ms. Cantrell is very active professionally; she serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS. She is a member of Georgia Health Information Network Board of Directors, the Institute of Medicine Committee for HIT and Patient Safety, National Health Information Management Systems Society and is the Technology Committee Chair for the Georgia Health Information Network, one of the leading health exchanges in the country. She has also received numerous international and national recognitions and awards such as the 2011 HIMSS CIO Innovator of the Year Award, an International Technology Innovation Award for Emory Healthcare’s leading edge virtualization, Information Week’s “Most Wired”, HIMSS Analytics EMR adoption, Computer World Search for Honors Award for technology innovation and Society of Hospital Medicine’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement, to name just a few.
In addition, Ms. Cantrell has been recognized as one of the key leaders in technology by Women in Technology (WIT), an affiliate of The Technology Association of Georgia and was awarded the 2009 and 2010 Georgia CIO of the year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA). She was identified by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 50 leaders in health IT in 2015 and as one of the top 10 Women in HIT leadership.