Wolf’s latest role, heading up a brand-new department, is an evolution of his other job, CIO. He shepherded CHOP through the transition to a new, comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) and a restructuring of the Information Services Department. Wolf — who joined CHOP in 2001 to chair the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine — will lead the integration of CHOP’s current initiatives in informatics and analytics, while leveraging the existing IT resources and health data.
“It will be an incredible journey to harness all the information we have and use it to improve patient care and research. CHOP has already made a substantial investment in the infrastructure, but all that data is no good to us if we can’t make it useful to researchers and clinicians. Over the next 10 years, I want to create a legacy of pediatric healthcare informatics where we establish a learning environment to perpetuate this discipline.”