Cone Health Names First Chief Data and Analytics Officer

The new position will lead efforts to use data to improve patient care.

Greensboro—Richard (Rick) Pro has been named Cone Health’s first chief data and analytics officer. Pro will be in charge of sifting through the vast amounts of data that Cone Health collects, looking for clues that improve care and lower costs.

Richard Pro, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Cone Health

Health systems are increasingly using information collected in electronic medical records to predict when someone will need medical care, spot trends or simply identify treatments that work best. “This is a great opportunity to improve the care we give to our patients,” says Cone Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Swords, MD. “Our ultimate goal is to keep patients healthy as long as possible and to return them to health as quickly as we can when they need care. Using the right information to guide our decisions is key.”

Pro comes to Cone Health from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has 28 years of analytics, operations, information technology and management consulting experience in health care.

Pro has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of California-Berkley and a master’s degree in business administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Pro is also a fellow in the Academy for Health Care Management.

Cone Health is committed to being a national leader in quality, service and cost. The integrated health care network consists of Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Cone Health Medical Group, MedCenter High Point, MedCenter Kernersville, MedCenter Mebane, Triad HealthCare Network and various outpatient clinics and programs. More than 11,000 exceptional people provide exceptional care to the people of Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Forsyth, Caswell and Randolph counties.

Cone Health News Release  •  December 13, 2016  •  D. Allred, External Communications Manager

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