The Chartis Group Welcomes Three Industry Leaders to Its Informatics and Technology Practice

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Further expanding their thought leadership in analytics, interoperability and applied informatics

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We are at a transformative point in healthcare and fortunate to be working side by side with remarkable talent at our clients and within Chartis – Daniel Herman, Director, Informatics and Technology practice

The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry, is proud to announce the addition of three Principals to its Informatics and Technology (IT) practice leadership team. All are proven industry experts, bringing unrivaled thought leadership and a wealth of experience to hospitals, health systems and physician group practices.

Their areas of expertise are as follows:

Mary Jo Morrison joined the firm in June as a Principal to lead the IT practice’s Analytics and Insights capabilities. Ms. Morrison has more than 25 years of healthcare operations experience and is an industry thought leader in the development of strategic, analytic-driven quality and performance improvement programs. Before joining The Chartis Group, she served as the Vice President of Performance Resources at Allina Health where she led the development and implementation of a system-wide productivity improvement program that realized $5.3 million in savings year one. Ms. Morrison also led the value improvement efforts in Allina’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and the clinically integrated network, where she developed and implemented improvement infrastructure in support of these strategic efforts. Ms. Morrison has advised integrated delivery systems, clinically integrated networks, payor organizations and academic medical centers, leveraging analytics and performance improvement to improve quality and decrease costs. She is LEAN certified, a graduate of the IHI Patient Safety Executive Development Program, and a graduate of the Intermountain Advanced Training Program.

Mark Pasquale joined the firm in June as a Principal and will lead the IT practice’s expanding Data Exchange and Interoperability capabilities. Mr. Pasquale brings over 30 years of hospital, physician clinic and health plan executive leadership experience to The Chartis Group. He is well known for leveraging technology investments to drive value and improve patient care. Most recently, he served as President and CEO for one of the nation’s largest health information exchange organizations, Missouri Health Connection. In this role, he led an 18-month comprehensive growth strategy, increasing the number of participating hospitals from three to 78, and the number of medical records exchanged daily from 11,000 to 104,000. Over the course of his career, Mr. Pasquale also served in CIO and Vice President of Information Services roles for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta and Mercy in St. Louis. He has provided strategic analysis, operational management, development, delivery and support of IT solutions to academic medical centers, health information exchanges, health plans, community hospitals, integrated delivery networks and critical access hospitals. Mr. Pasquale is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Robert Schwartz, M.D., M.P.H., joined the firm in August as a Principal in the IT practice and a member of the Chartis Physician Leadership Institute. With over 34 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Schwartz is a triple boarded and accomplished physician and administrator. He has helped design clinical IT governance programs and garnered physician adoption of electronic health records while serving in leadership roles at academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks and community hospitals. He has been recognized by the Society for the Academic Emergency Medicine, Microsoft and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania for his innovative work. Previously, Dr. Schwartz was Vice President and Medical Director for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Office of Physician Relations. In this role, Dr. Schwartz designed and operationalized a leading strategy in physician relations that utilized a sophisticated Transition of Care Service Center, digital messaging strategy and customer service principles. This program obtained national recognition for having one of the best physician alignment strategies in the country. Prior to that, he served as the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center and the Director of the Research Section, Emergency Medicine at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Schwartz is an expert in applied informatics, decision support analysis, order set and clinical documentation design and optimization. He is published in network development, physician relations, data management, quality and clinical messaging.

“We are at a transformative point in healthcare and fortunate to be working side by side with remarkable talent at our clients and within Chartis. Adding Mary Jo, Mark and Robert to our team continues to allow us to deliver on the possibilities within healthcare, pairing leading-edge thinking with hands on experience delivering on advanced technology and operating models. We are excited to provide their knowledge and experiences to our clients to help them achieve their strategic and operational goals for the foreseeable future,” says Daniel S. Herman, Director and leader of the Informatics and Technology practice.

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. Chartis provides strategic and economic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, and informatics and technology consulting services and decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers. Chartis has been privileged to work with over two-thirds of the academic medical centers on the U.S. News and World Report “Honor Roll of Best Hospitals,” seven of the 10 largest integrated health systems, four of the five largest not-for-profit health systems, nine of the top 10 children’s hospitals, emerging and leading accountable care organizations, hundreds of community-based health systems, and leading organizations in healthcare services. The firm is comprised of uniquely experienced senior healthcare professionals and consultants who apply a distinctive knowledge of healthcare economics, markets, clinical models and technology to help clients achieve unequaled results. Chartis has offices in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Needham, New York, Portland and San Francisco. For more information, visit

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