Eric Yablonka
Board Role:  At-Large
VP and CIO, University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences

Eric has served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences since 2001. His responsibilities at UCMC include all information technology functions and biomedical engineering. Eric has a staff of over 300 with capital and operating budget responsibilities in excess of $60M annually.

Eric is a member of the Senior Management Group and works with the UCMC Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization. He has leadership responsibility for the T-2 program whose focus is to transform how UCMC functions and drives operational improvements in the following areas; supply chain and administrative management, clinical care delivery, patient and physician access.

Eric was a former Director of TeraMedica. They were a Milwaukee based start up that markets software designed to connect and manage the clinical content infrastructure of a modern healthcare system. They were acquired by Fuji Medical in 2015.

Prior to UCMC, Eric was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, CT. At SRHS, he was responsible for the information technology, supply chain management, process re-engineering, benchmarking and decision support functions. Eric also worked at the JCAHO developing clinical outcome measurement systems, Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Director in their IS Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center as Assistant Director in Information Services and William Beaumont Hospital as Manager of Information Services.

Eric has been an advocate for innovation in the healthcare industry. He speaks about these topics in industry and technology conferences and meetings. He has written articles for trade publications about technology innovation and adoption. Eric and his organization have also been featured in publications in recognition of their accomplishments.

Eric has been an early adopter of new medical and information technologies. He frequently works with his vendor partners and new entrants to market to understand how their offerings can be of value to his organization.

As a member of customer/technology advisory groups, Eric has guided new companies with their product offerings, market analysis and positioning and with their business planning. He has educated new company’s executive teams on how to navigate the healthcare market with a specialty in helping emerging companies work synergistically with more established healthcare companies. The eco-system he has deployed at UCMC can be considered best in class in this regard.

Eric is a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM). He is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society and Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He has chaired the fall forum planning committee, been chair of the CHIME Foundation (vendor group), Treasurer of CHIME and a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees. He served as Program Director for the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, a program that trains the next generation of CIO’s.

Eric participated in the Chicago Public School Principal for a Day program and is a member of the Chicago Economic Club. He has served in leadership positions on the Boards of the Shoreline VNA CT and Gateway Community College Foundation in Connecticut. He was also the webmaster for the Madison Youth Football Association.

Eric earned his MBA from the Advanced Management Program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and his BS in Business Studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.