This week, Louisville –based Baptist Health named IT industry leader Dr. David Bensema as its new Chief Information Officer. He will be responsible for leading and developing the information technology structures for the seven acute-care hospitals. Prior to his new position, Bensema served as Chief Medical Information Officer for Baptist Health since July, 2013. He has been with the company since 2006, when he served as Executive Director of Physician Services for Central Baptist Hospital.
Effective immediately, Bensema will report to Stephen Hanson, Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health.
Seasoned IT Industry Leader
“Dr. Bensema was a natural choice to fill this position because of his breadth of experience in clinical areas, in business development and in serving on corporate-wide IT committees during his seven years with Baptist,” said Hanson.
Since joining Baptist Health, Bensema has served on two tasks forces, one developing a system-wide electronic personal health record, and another selecting a new information technology system.
Bensema’s background is deeply rooted in healthcare, insurance and IT industries. He received both his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and his medical degree from University of Kentucky. He continued his training at University Kentucky when he completed his residency, and chief residency, in internal medicine. Bensema most recently completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration at Auburn in 2013.
Dr. Bensema is also a board certified internist.
Strong Healthcare Background
“As a physician leader he can contribute tremendously to this role, especially as we work to bring forward a common IT platform,” said Timothy Jahn, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer for Baptist Health. “His performance as Chief Medical Information Officer has been outstanding. His combined experience in this area and expertise in healthcare leadership is a real win for the Baptist system.”
Bensema has also played an active role in the start-up of three life insurance companies. He became board certified in insurance medicine in 2004. He currently serves as President of the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), and is a past chair of the KMA Board of Trustees.
“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” Bensema said. “The position will make use of my networking and integrative skills, and allows me to serve the organization on a whole new level.”
In Bensema’s new role, he is likely to lead many task forces in the coming months to help Baptist Health optimize their IT systems. Big changes in the Baptist Health IT department are on the horizon, so now is the time to reach for your phone and make a call.
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