Donnie Parish

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.