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VITL Appoints Chief Technology Officer

Release Date: 
March 1st, 2013

BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) today announced the appointment of Michael L. Gagnon, CPHIMS to chief technology officer.

Gagnon brings more than 30 years of information technology experience to his new role with VITL. As chief technology officer (CTO), a newly created position, Gagnon is responsible for developing VITL’s strategic technology direction as well as overseeing infrastructure, selection and implementation of new technologies, application development, and health information security.

“With his extensive experience in health information technology, Michael brings to VITL a proven track record in using technology to solve problems and improve processes,” said John K. Evans, VITL’s president and CEO. “He will play a central role in accelerating the development of the statewide health information network.”

Prior to joining VITL, Gagnon served as president of Health Information Exchange Partners, LLC, a private health care technology consulting firm. He has been involved with several health information exchange projects in Vermont, New York, and Michigan, including serving as the lead technical architect for the state of Michigan to help develop the Michigan Health Information Network operational strategy, governance structure, and architecture plan.

Gagnon was also a co-founder and the chief technology officer for Vermedx, Inc., a developer of clinical decision support systems which manage information on chronically ill patients. For more than a decade, Gagnon worked with Fletcher Allen Health Care in a variety of technology and informatics positions. In addition, he also spent several years at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as a sales manager and lead analyst.  A resident of South Burlington, Gagnon earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

About VITL

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers statewide with adopting and using health information technology to improve the quality of care delivery as well as to enhance patient safety and outcomes. Comprised of a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers, VITL is the designated health information exchange (HIE) for the state of Vermont and also the state’s federally-designated regional extension center. For more information, please visit www.vitl.net