GREENSBORO, N.C. – October 24, 2011 – Today Proficient Health, a privately held company specializing in information technology solutions for the healthcare industry, announced that healthcare executive Dennis R. Barry has joined its board of directors.
Barry is CEO Emeritus of Cone Health, a multihospital system serving the Piedmont region of North Carolina. He is former general director of The North Carolina Memorial Hospital at Chapel Hill and a former assistant dean of the University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Medicine.
Barry has taught hospital administration at the UNC-CH School of Medicine, the UNC-CH School of Public Health and the Duke University Program in Hospital Administration. He also is a registered pharmacist who has worked at the University of Illinois Research and Education Hospital in Chicago.
“Hospitals and other healthcare providers are looking for systems that deliver value through efficiencies and cost savings, and that’s what Proficient Health does,” Barry said. “It is a young company with excellent solutions and a bright future. I’m delighted to be part of their team.”
Barry has played an instrumental role in a wide range of state and national healthcare organizations. He is a past chairman of the American Hospital Association and a former commissioner of The Joint Commission, an organization responsible for accreditation of healthcare organizations. He has served on the board of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology and is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He also is former chairman and a lifetime member of the North Carolina Hospital Association.
“We’re delighted to have someone of Dennis’ caliber on our board,” says Robb Hutchison, CEO of Proficient Health. “He has excellent insights into the issues and opportunities healthcare organizations face, especially as they adapt to reform and to changes in the marketplace. We look forward to leveraging his experience to the benefit of our clients.”
About Proficient Health
Proficient Health is a health information technology company using software to turn cumbersome, paper-based processes into an efficient, online flow of information. Our family of affordable, HIPAA-compliant, Web-based solutions connects physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers. We help them drive down costs, improve care delivery, speed reimbursement and help organizations get more out of their electronic medical records platform.