Robert Eardley named CIO of University Hospitals

Robert K. Eardley will serve as University Hospitals’ new chief information officer, effective Feb. 19, 2018.

In that role, Eardley will lead initiatives to optimize information technology performance and will work closely with administrative and clinical leaders to implement the health system’s strategies, according to a news release.

He replaces Joy Grosser, who left the role in early October for the CIO role at University of Washington Medicine in Seattle.

Jennifer Carpenter, vice president of IT clinical systems had been serving as interim.

Eardley, who has 24 years of health care information technology experience, previously worked at UH, serving as vice president and associate chief information offer from 2007 to 2011.

Most recently, Eardley had served as senior vice president, chief information officer and chief information security officer at Houston Methodist Hospitals in Texas, where he helped implement a system-wide electronic health record and oversaw other IT-enabled accomplishments.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business, according to the release.