January 25, 2016 - Keith Woeltje, MD, PhD, has been named BJC vice president and chief medical information officer. Following an extended national search, Dr. Woeltje emerged as the top choice for this important new role, says Clay Dunagan, MD, BJC senior vice president and chief clinical officer.
As BJC’s inaugural CMIO, Dr. Woeltje will provide organizational leadership for clinical informatics, including a central role in the implementation of Epic as BJC and Washington University School of Medicine’s unified electronic health record, as well as physician leadership for other clinical information systems. He will also extend his previous responsibilities for clinical decision support, data governance, and clinical analytics and performance reporting.
Dr. Dunagan says Dr. Woeltje brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CMIO role. After earning a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Dallas, Dr. Woeltje received his medical degree and doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at the former Barnes Hospital and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University, before joining the faculty at Medical College of Georgia, where he served as hospital epidemiologist and, later, information systems physician executive. During this time, he also completed additional training in epidemiology and informatics, including a graduate certificate in medical informatics from Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Woeltje returned to St. Louis in 2004 to join the WUSM faculty, and has since been active as a clinician, teacher and researcher, while serving in a variety of leadership roles, including medical director of the BJC Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology Consortium. His research work has focused on infection prevention and informatics, including important contributions in evaluating electronic surveillance for health care-associated infections. Dr. Woeltje was promoted to professor of medicine in 2010 and is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and clinical informatics.
Dr. Woeltje joined the Center for Clinical Excellence team in 2010 as clinical advisory group director and in 2011 took on the role of healthcare informatics director. During his tenure with CCE, Dr. Woeltje has overseen clinical quality reporting and analytics, including the best-in-class measurement process, and managed BJC clinical decision support activities, including the Pharmacy Expert Systems and GermWatcher expert system suites. He has also played an important role in preventable harm efforts. More recently, Dr. Woeltje has taken leadership roles in BJC’s data governance initiative and the Epic core clinical system implementation effort.
“His outstanding work in these areas solidified his candidacy for the inaugural CMIO role,” Dr. Dunagan says. “Please join me in congratulating Keith on his new position.”