Interest in improving how things work attracted Ed Kopetsky to industrial engineering and a project he conducted under Professor David Gustafson led to his devotion to the healthcare industry. “I saw the opportunity to contribute to improving patient care and healthcare operations. Work outside of the classroom taught me critical people and change leadership skills,” Kopetsky says.
Kopetsky, who is the chief information officer for Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from UW-Madison in 1978 and 1981, respectively.
In the early 1990s, Kopetsky implemented one of the first integrated patient care systems supporting a multi-hospital and physician network at Sharp Healthcare. The system enabled storage and access to patient records regardless of location, allowing Sharp to improve patient access and the right level of care, while reducing costs of unnecessary procedures.
Kopetsky’s focus on change through leadership in information technology and process improvement helped multiple healthcare businesses grow and develop. In 1996, Kopetsky became CIO at the formation of Centura Health, the largest healthcare system in Colorado. There, he merged four information technology organizations to support Centura’s large, multi-entity healthcare system.
At Healthlink, he led development of the company’s healthcare consulting business in the western United States, and later led all sales across the country. His program management, systems-level approach and development of client relationships helped Healthlink’s annual revenue grow from $10 million to $100 million in five years.
As the CIO for Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Kopetsky just completed a three-year implementation of state-of-the-art enterprise systems supporting integrated patient care, high-performance business and analytics systems, and connected patient and consumer systems. His focus now has shifted to innovation and supporting a $1 billion hospital expansion. “In addition to excellent program management and change leadership, it takes developing an exemplary team dedicated to quality service and results, with an unending commitment to working as a team to solve major challenges and accomplish great things together,” he says.
He was a founding member and board chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. He is a current healthcare advisory board member for Dell and Hewlett Packard, and chairs the UW-Madison industrial and systems engineering advisory board. In 2013, InformationWeek recognized him as one of the top-20 CIOs driving change in the U.S. healthcare system — a result of decades of healthcare technology and process innovation.
Born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Kopetsky lives in Palo Alto, California. He enjoys golfing and bicycling with his family: his wife, Janet, and his children, Angela and Timothy.