Prior to joining the University of Utah Health team, she was the Chief Medical Information Officer and Interim Chief Population Health Officer for The University of Iowa Health Care. She joined the faculty of the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine in August of 2015, after serving as Associate Medical Director for Stanford Health Care’s University Healthcare Alliance. Dr. Hightower received her Medical Degree, as well as a Master of Public Health, from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine, followed by residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. She also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
As Chief Medical Information Officer at two world-class academic medical health systems, she has lead or collaborated on a number of initiatives ranging from EMR optimization and usability, the introduction of new technology and population health initiatives, process improvement, and implementation of AI in clinical operations. She leads the University of Utah’s Enterprise Data Warehouse which provides a complete suite of data and analytic end-to-end solutions for operations and research purposes. She strives to “leave no one behind” with a team-based approach to supporting all members of the healthcare community to achieve professional fulfillment in our rapidly changing digital healthcare environment.
Dr. Hightower has been recognized twice by Health Data Management as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT” and “25 leading CMIOs at healthcare organizations.” She was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “50 hospital and health system CMIOs to know 2017”. Dr. Hightower’s professional interests include healthcare leadership, clinical informatics, clinical decision making and the evolution of medical care in the digital era.
She believes that diverse teams create and innovate. Her drive is to advance the work of clinicians, care teams, researchers, educators, and learners by providing health information technology tools, processes, and systems needed to adapt to change and provide value to our patients, families, and communities in the digital era of healthcare.
She enjoys spending time with family in the great outdoors and is an avid skier, tennis player, and runner. She loves gadgets of all kinds and can be found wearing more than one fitness tracker at all times.