From staff reports
Vishal Bhatia, MD, MBA, has been appointed senior vice president and Chief Medical Information Officer for Capella Healthcare.
Vishal Bhatia, MD, MBA, has been appointed senior vice president and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for Capella Healthcare, effective Jan. 1, according to Michael Wiechart, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Bhatia has served as a consultant and physician advisor for Capella since 2014, leading the development of the company’s evidence-based order set templates and physician documentation templates as well as assisting with implementation of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR). A board-certified internist, Bhatia has been in practice at Capella’s Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville, Ore., since 2006. He served most recently as medical director of the hospitalist program and has held numerous leadership roles at the hospital, including chair of the department of medicine.
Bhatia also serves on the Board of Willamette Valley Health Solutions, an accountable care organization, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine with Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from Tver State Medical Academy in Tver, Russia, followed by an internship at Northern Railway Central Hospital in New Delhi, India. He completed a residency in internal medicine at The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Tenn. Since then he has earned an MBA with a focus on healthcare from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Bhatia has the unique experience of having successfully navigated healthcare systems in three culturally diverse countries. He is fluent in English, Russian and Hindi.
As CMIO, Bhatia will work with Capella’s corporate leaders as well as hospital leaders and physicians to support the efficient design, implementation and use of healthcare technology to help improve the quality of patient care. He will also lead the company’s physician engagement and physician leadership development efforts including the National Physician Leadership Group and the Physician Leadership Academy.
Bhatia will be moving to Middle Tennessee with his wife Lavi and their two daughters, Aanya, 11, and Kaya, 6.