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Founding Executive Director Kremer to leave Rochester RHIO

The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization has begun a national search for a new executive director, following the pending departure of longtime leader Ted Kremer.

Kremer is moving back to Connecticut to be closer to family, and will leave his role effective Oct. 16, the organization said Thursday. Associate Director Jill Eisenstein will provide interim leadership of the organization. Eisenstein has been at Rochester RHIO for roughly eight years.

The search is expected to take several months. The non-profit organization aims to have an executive director named by early 2016.

Rochester RHIO is a secure electronic health information exchange that gives authorized medical providers access to test results, lab reports, radiology results, clinical documents and other items.

“The Rochester RHIO is one of the most respected and successful health information exchanges in the United States, thanks to a deeply experienced management team and staff, outstanding infrastructure, and a veteran board of directors,” Chairman Bryan Hetherington said in a statement. “We fully expect its momentum to continue during a seamless leadership transition.

Kremer, who joined the organization in 2006, is Rochester RHIO’s founding executive director.
“Working with the Rochester RHIO to help the community realize its care improvement goals has been the privilege of a lifetime,” Kremer said. “The RHIO management team is now the strongest it has ever been, we’ve added staff to further bolster an already great organization, and our goals are balanced with committed state, federal, grant and hospital funding. The next few years will see even greater things for the Rochester RHIO.”

Three years ago, Kremer had announced plans to leave Rochester to lead California’s statewide health information exchange. He reversed course, however, and turned down the job a few weeks later.

Some 70 health care organizations in the 13-county Greater Rochester area provide patient information, including hospitals, reference labs, radiology practices, ambulance squads, eldercare agencies and health insurance organizations. 
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