Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (AAMC) Chief Information Officer Dave Lehr is among Modern Healthcare’s 2019 class of Top 25 Emerging Leaders (formerly Up and Comers). Modern Healthcare, the leader in healthcare business news, research and data, annually honors emerging leaders, all age 40 or under, who have made significant contributions in the areas of innovation, financial, operational and clinical excellence early in their careers.
“We are very excited to announce this year’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders who are not letting moss grow under their feet. This next generation of healthcare leaders knows that the challenges facing every sector of the industry demand action now. Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders bring an entrepreneurial spirit to problem solving,” shared Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “We received hundreds of nominations for this year’s class of Emerging Leaders. The final 25 chosen by the editorial staff represent the positive force of change that’s coming to the industry. We applaud them for these executive’s efforts to improve patient care and create efficient and quality-driven teams.”
Lehr joined AAMC in 2015 as executive director of analytics and was named chief information officer in 2017. He has responsibility for overall strategy and deployment of electronic information and technology services.
He has led in the creation of a new Analytics Department for the organization, overseen the creation of new organizational data science capabilities and the development of an inter-facility architecture to share care alerts across organizations in Maryland. The care alert framework pioneered at AAMC has gone on to become part of the Maryland Health Services and Cost Review Commission’s CEO Checklist for all Maryland hospitals.
As stated by Modern Healthcare, Lehr has also been a key figure locally and nationally in the battle against opioids. He co-chairs the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ Opioid Task Force, which aims to spread best practices for using technology to stem the crisis. At AAMC, he was a key leader in forming an opioid stewardship committee that helped cut opioid prescribing by 68 percent.
This year’s honorees are profiled in the Oct. 14 issue of Modern Healthcare and online at www.modernhealthcare.com/awards/top-25-emerging-leaders-2019.