Dr. Caterina Lasome, PhD, MBA, MSN, MHA, RN, CPHIMS

Dr. Caterina Lasome, PhD, MBA, MSN, MHA, RN, CPHIMS, is the founder, President, and CEO iON Informatics, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran and Women-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/WOSB) with deep operational and strategic expertise in the healthcare market.  iON provides health management, information technology, informatics, and analytics advisory and consulting services to commercial and government clients including the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the State of Idaho.

Dr. Lasome is a health informatics domain expert with over 25 years experience in both the government and commercial sectors.  She served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA).  Prior to her roles at iON Informatics and OSEHRA, Dr. Lasome served as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology.  In this capacity, she played a critical role in the development of the NCI’s Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, better known as caBIG®.  She was also a member of the National Quality Forum’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) and Co-Chair of its Quality Data Model Subcommittee.

Dr. Lasome is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U. S. Army Medical Department. Her career spanned 23 years and included assignments as Clinical Staff and Head Nurse roles in community and field hospitals as well as tertiary medical centers, and Chief, Nursing Informatics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  She further served as Deputy CIO for Clinical Informatics & Telehealth, Tripler Army Medical Center; Chief, Healthcare Informatics & Inpatient Requirements and Chair, NATO Chiefs of the Military Medical Services (COMEDS) Medical Communications and Information Systems (MedCIS) Expert Panel.  Dr. Lasome served as Principal Investigator for a $3.011M Congressionally directed and funded two-year study aimed at identifying usability issues associated with automated clinical practice guidelines (aCPG) and developing and testing prototype systems for speed, accuracy, provider satisfaction and clinical decision-making efficacy.  She is credited with helping to spearhead the health and clinical systems vision for the Military Health System’s (MHS) $4.3B electronic health record supporting 9.2 million beneficiaries and 120K Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare providers in over 342 hospitals and clinics worldwide for inpatient functions.

Dr. Lasome received her PhD in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has served on the Board of Directors for the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) and been a member of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) since 1998. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).  Dr. Lasome currently serves as the Program Committee Chair for the HIMSS Idaho Chapter.  She is also a member of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Executive Workgroup.  Dr. Lasome holds Advisory Board appointments for the HIMSS Veteran Career Services Initiative as well as the Defense Strategies Institute.