NJ Health IT Coordinator Colleen Woods Appointed

Governor Christie Taps Colleen Woods as Statewide Health Information Technology Coordinator
Press Release from NJ Governor Christies’ office.
Trenton, NJ – (July 2, 2010) Governor Chris Christie today announced the appointment of Colleen M. Woods as New Jersey’s Statewide Health Information Technology (HIT) Coordinator.  Ms. Woods will be responsible for working with all state departments and agencies, the healthcare provider community, and other key stakeholders, to implement and facilitate the HIT movement across the State and in accordance with nationally recognized Federal standards. 

“New Jersey has been at the forefront of promoting the meaningful use of heath information technology and exchange to help improve health care outcomes for our citizens,” said Governor Christie. “I am pleased to have an individual with Colleen’s caliber of expertise to spearhead New Jersey’s health information technology efforts.”

Ms. Woods brings over 20 years of technology experience working for the State of New Jersey to the position.  She most recently served as the Chief Information Officer for the New Jersey Department of Human Services and recently received the IT Hero award from the New Jersey Mental Health Association.  She has a Masters degree from Rutgers University. 

“It is an exciting time in the healthcare community, and I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders, both in the state and nationally, to improve the delivery and quality of healthcare,” Ms. Woods said.

Nationally, health information technology is playing a critical role in achieving improved healthcare by reducing duplicative or unnecessary testing; strengthening disease management efforts; improving overall care coordination and reducing costs.

Recently, New Jersey was awarded $5 million in federal funds to support the State’s Medicaid HIT Planning (SMHP) process that will implement an electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. In addition, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was awarded a federal grant of over $23 million to become a state designated Regional Extension Center (REC) to further promote HIT related training, innovation lab, awareness and education of the use of EHR technology. 

New Jersey also is receiving $11.4 million in federal funds over the next four years to fund electronic health records projects that will create four regional Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) that will share information among health care providers around the state. 

The Statewide Health Information Technology Coordinator will report directly to the Governor’s Office.
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Daily message from New Jersey Hospital Association on Friday, July 9, 2010.
Gov. Christie Appoints Woods to Lead Health Information Technology Initiative
Gov. Chris Christie recently appointed Colleen Woods to the position of Health Information Technology (HIT) Coordinator.

Woods will be responsible for working with all state departments and agencies, the healthcare provider community and all other industry stakeholders to implement and facilitate HIT adoption across the state and in accordance with nationally recognized federal standards.

Woods has over 20 years of HIT experience and previously served as chief information officer for the state Department of Human Services. Woods also has been a member of the NJ HIT Commission since its inception and served on the New Jersey State Medicaid HIT Project Steering Committee.

“For many years Colleen has provided a tremendous amount of technical leadership and served as a tireless advocate for the adoption of HIT. NJHA applauds Gov. Christie’s appointment, and we look forward to supporting her in this important work,” said Joe Carr, NJHA’s chief information officer.
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Colleen Woods, newly appointed NJ State HIT Coordinatorm will share her vision of NJ’s plan to obtain the maximum stimulus dollars for HIT.

Woods added to NJTC HIE Summit & Expo Agenda
July 22 at NJHA, Princeton

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