Chief Information Officer for University Health Care Dies

Chief Information Officer for University Health Care Dies

Mar 30, 2007 6:00 PM

Salt Lake City--Pierre Pincetl, M.D., chief information officer for University Health Care and associate vice president for the University of Utah's health sciences information technology services, died March 30, 2007 after a valiant battle with colon cancer. He was 50.

A respected physician and administrator, Pincetl is credited with initiating and leading the effort to implement the use of electronic medical records in all of the University's clinical programs. His efforts also helped the University earn a number of awards for innovative use of technology in patient care, including recognition by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine as one of the country's 100 most wired health care systems.

"Pierre leaves a tremendous legacy," said Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah. "His leadership in the field of information technology initiated, and helped transform, the way patient care is delivered and business operations are performed across University Health Care."

Betz says that throughout his career Pincetl continued to see patients and maintained a busy clinical schedule. "One of the things that made Pierre such a great technology chief, was that he was a great physician," said Betz. "He understood how technology could be used at the bedside and in the exam room to help health-care providers deliver better care."

Pincetl joined the University's faculty in 1996 as an associate professor of internal medicine and medical informatics. Prior to coming to Utah, he served on the faculty of George Washington University and worked as the director of medical informatics at George Washington University Medical Center. Pincetl received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego and his medical degree from George Washington University.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Media contact: Chris Nelson, U of U Health Sciences Public Affairs, 801-953-3843 (cell)

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