Technology is a driving force behind improvements in healthcare today. From data collection and research to diagnostics and patient care, technology is helping to improve the way we practice medicine today.
To propel the future of information technology at Holy Name Medical Center, we welcome our new VP of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Sai Kandamangalam, M.S.
Sai brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, specializing in the healthcare domain. Before joining Holy Name, he was the senior vice president of software engineering at PharmaPoint in Alabama, a leading provider of innovative pharmacy solutions. The software systems were developed by Sai, or staff under his direction, and are now operating in thousands of workplaces.
From very early on, Sai wanted to be a "tech guy," as he calls himself. "My career choice came about because of my mom," he says. "She wanted me to be a physician, but I wasn't into it."
Still, he knew he wanted his focus to be in healthcare. In 1989, Sai entered Bharathidasan University in India, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science and master of science degree in computer application.
He embarked on his career in India, working for a year there before coming to the United States. He spent the next 10 years working for a major supplier of health information technology solutions and for an organization that specialized in ambulatory care software before landing at PharmaPoint.
Improving patient outcomes and reducing hospital readmissions are just two of many accomplishments Sai hopes to continue now that he's moved to New Jersey to work for Holy Name. "I'm so very excited to be here; my mom passed away two years ago, and it's so important to honor her commitment to healthcare. I look at this as an opportunity to give back," says Sai, who is now settled into his new home with his wife and children. "They are equally as happy to be here," he says.
For Holy Name, a highly evolved information technology strategy is an important differentiator, critical to the medical center’s ability to remain competitive in the healthcare marketplace. Sai's leadership will promote continued advancement of an innovative, robust, and secure IT environment that allows Holy Name to deliver value-based care, realize system-wide efficiencies, and manage relationships.
Sai oversees all IT functions, including data infrastructure, software development and integration, the help desk, creative and web services, and telecommunications. He will also address a wide variety of strategic technology issues, as well as governance and policy, resource allocation, and IT protocols.
Unlike most hospitals that buy software to assist in the transition from paper-based recordkeeping to electronic health records (EHRs), Holy Name is one of the very first hospitals in the country to develop customized technology, called WebHis. In addition to helping healthcare professionals to provide personalized, culturally competent care, WebHis, says Holy Name President and CEO Michael Maron, assists the entire healthcare team to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care, as well as reduce health disparities among patient populations. Sai will oversee future refinements to WebHis.
"Mike Maron is a visionary," says Sai. "I, too, believe in creating exceptional electronic health records and look forward to making this system more user-friendly and easy for patients to access. We will put the ability to update health information in patients' hands."
Also on his to-do-list, improving data functioning, increasing cost savings, and eliminating redundancy: "There are lots of hurdles, but it's very important to provide patients and their families with more data to make informed decisions."