IT Welcomes new associate CIO for Medicine and Health - Ted Hanss

July 26, 2018

Big welcome to Ted Hanss, IT’s new associate Chief Information Officer for Medicine and Health. Ted starts in this new position Monday, July 30, reporting directly to IT Associate Vice President and CIO John Barden. In addition, Ted has a dotted line to Lisa Stump, CIO of Yale New Haven Hospital. In this role, Ted will be accountable for setting IT strategic priorities in partnership with Yale Health and the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, ensuring they receive operational support that meets their specific requirements. Additionally, he will act as an ex-officio member of the Yale New Haven Health system’s leadership team to ensure coordination between the Yale campus and the health care delivery side.

Ted is moving to Connecticut from Michigan, where he worked at the University of Michigan (U-M) for over 30 years. His most recent role was as associate CIO for Michigan Medicine and, before that, CIO of the U-M Medical School. While settling into a new home and office, Ted plans an extensive listening and exploration tour: “I want to get a deeper understanding of what is underway in the schools, as well as what the aspirations and plans are for the education, research, and patient-care missions.” As a result of this tour, he plans to develop a 12-month strategy and longer-term vision. One goal is to establish strategic partnerships between IT and these schools: “We want to maximize all our institutional resources and take advantage of opportunities for collaboration among the schools, Yale Health, and IT,” said Ted.

Once this new pipeline is developed and new relationships established, there will be great opportunities for technological innovations, while supporting the needs of all these schools and Yale Health. “I’ll be looking at each school’s mission and pairing their needs with the latest innovations, such as around mobility and telehealth,” Ted says. “We want to leverage the capabilities of IT and informatics organizations at Yale to stay ahead of the fast pace of change on the health care delivery side.”

One of the main reasons Ted came to Yale is to achieve a bridge between the health care and the academic sides of campus: “Yale is at the forefront of thinking about how we can do that, it is a priority here. I’m excited to be part of that movement.”  Additionally, Yale leadership is supportive of investments in IT to meet the needs of the institution. Ted has a strong background in team science, interdisciplinary collaboration, and global engagement. He led the development of an international health open educational resources collaboration where learning materials are shared freely for re-use and adaptation. This lead to the global dissemination of local knowledge and expertise from several African universities, which gained recognition for those scholars and institutions. Other universities around the world have incorporated the materials into their curricula, providing their trainees with insights and resources previously not available.

“I love working for a purpose-driven organization,” he says, “where we are educating the next generation of health care providers, researchers, and educators, leading to patient and population health care improvements. Being here at Yale, I hope to truly make a difference locally, nationally and globally” said Ted.

After five, Ted spends lots of family time with his wife Erica, who is chief of staff at the University of Michigan Dental School, their two sons and two grandchildren, and enjoys traveling, cooking and doing amateur photography. He is no stranger to the east coast having gone to Boston College as an undergraduate.  Ted hopes to reconnect with some old roommates, explore New England, and sample New Haven’s pizza scene.