Job Title: CIO, Health Services
Organization: Cherokee Nation Health
Donnie Parish, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cherokee Nation Health Services, is responsible for all Health Information Technology initiatives within the Cherokee Nation. Under his leadership the Health Information Technology division has emphasized the use of information technology to improve program performance, increase patient access to care and to manage risk.
Mr. Parish began working in tribal healthcare in 2004, holding various information technology management positions along the way. He has been in the Health Services CIO role since 2009. During his tenure, he has led many efforts of implementing Health Information Technology to the Cherokee Nation, serving more than 170,000 eligible patients, as well as continuing the
Cherokee Nation’s long-term support of Health Information Exchanges on local, state and national levels.
Prior to working with the Cherokee Nation, Mr. Parish has worked in other industry sectors such as Telecommunications and Manufacturing with an emphasis in developing information systems architecture, managing project implementations, and leading dynamic teams.
Mr. Parish has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He has obtained various industry certifications such as: As a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has obtained a certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and as a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has obtained Certified Health CIO (CHCHO) certification.
Donnie has sat on various federal, tribal or Indian Health Services (IHS) Office of Information Technology workgroups and committees. He participates in the IHS Information Systems Advisory Committee (ISAC) and the NSU College of Business and Technology Advisory Board.