Cavanaugh Consulting Group

Steve Clark, Ph.D.

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Steve Clark, Ph.D.


Steve Clark is a principal in CCG. He has 33 years of experience in healthcare information technology. He has extensive experience in academic medical centers: for 16 years he was VP & CIO at the University of Colorado Hospital; served for 6 years on the faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine in departments of Medical Informatics and Pathology; and, led IT strategic planning studies at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, University of Utah Hospital and Clinics, and University of Colorado Hospital. He worked for Compucare/Baxter Travenol and Montgomery Ryland, Inc. for 8 years providing IT management and consulting services to 16 hospitals and three regional multi-hospital corporations representing 16 hospitals. He founded Stephen J Clark & Associates providing healthcare IT interim management and consulting services for 7 years for academic medical centers, multi-hospital systems, community hospitals and regional national reference laboratories. For four years he provided business development services for maxIT / Leidos Health. He received his training in healthcare informatics under internationally recognized Dr. Homer Warner at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Medical Informatics.



  •  Dr. Clark has directed and participated in several hundred projects over the span of his career, providing his clients with a seasoned perspective that produced successful results.
    • Led the full enterprise IT systems evaluation, assessment, strategic planning and developed vendor selection criteria for two academic medical centers: University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville (UTMC) and University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Had oversight for same at a third, University of Colorado Hospital.
    • Led the IT planning for the University of Colorado Hospital and clinics complex on the new Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado. Directed the build and move of a data center, design and build of voice and data integration networks, and oversight for IT services move to new campus.
    • Led the building of an IT program and strategic direction at the new University of Colorado Hospital as it separated from the State of Colorado to form a new legal entity. Over the ensuing 16 years built an IT program and application suite to meet the expanding needs of an academic institution.
    • Led a team of 20 physicians and 10 hospital leaders in the early adoption of EMR technologies (1994) entering into a beta development arrangement with 3M, Oracle, Tuxedo and HP. Led the design, build and implementation. With 14 years of service the system remains the primary electronic record for almost 600,000 University of Colorado Hospital patients.
    • Received the Smithsonian/Computer World award (1999) for the implementation of a high-speed, high-bandwidth, self-healing data network recognizing the clinical benefits derived from this early adoption of technology.
    • Received the Finalist distinction in the 2005 Most Wired Innovators Award for creating a Web-based system to automate patient relationship management. Created an email system connecting CEO and patient relating to visit satisfaction and automating distribution of same to clinic leadership and providers for problem resolution. Resulted in improved patient satisfaction and clinic performance.
    • Led the IT evaluation, assessment, strategic planning and vendor evaluation/selection for complete hospital applications suite replacement at Owensboro Mercy Health System.
    • Consultant to the president of national reference laboratory, ARUP; provided interim IT management, recruited CIO, led evaluation and recommendation for replacement of its LabLink system provided to 200 lab customers nationally for remote order entry, inquiry and result charting.
    • Provided interim management and technical services for the multi-hospital Holy Cross Health System.
    • Principal in startup Convergent Medial Systems, a knowledge transfer healthcare IT firm leveraging technology solutions developed at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center. Led rapid system development with national reference laboratory, ARUP, to develop state-of-the-art workstation technology for ARUP customers in hospitals, clinics and clinical laboratories.
    • Led the clinical systems evaluation, assessment, and vendor selection for the 8 hospitals of Ancilla Systems, Inc. Organized and directed the clinical leadership and hospital user teams in this process.
    • Assisted Holy Cross Health Services of Utah in a clinical systems assessment; an evaluation of financial systems consolidation; and, a risk assessment of a vendor


  • B.S.E./Engineering Brigham Young University
  • M.S./Engineering Brigham Young University
  • Ph.D./Medical Biophysics and Computing University of Utah
  • Post-doctoral Training/Laboratory Medicine, University of Minnesota

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • President, Program Chair Colorado Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • University Healthsystem Consortium CIO Council Executive Committee
  • KLAS Advisory Board
  • University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center’s Clinical Science Program Industrial Liaison Advisory Board (ILAB) Member of Horizon-AtlantiCare Health Plans Joint Venture BoardAmerican Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)


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