Grace Alumnus Named Premier 100 Technology Leader

Dr. Timothy Birdsall receiving a Premier 100 Technology Leader award.

Dr. Timothy Birdsall receiving a Premier 100 Technology Leader award. Photo courtesy of CTCA.

Grace College alumnus Dr. Timothy Birdsall, a 1972 general science graduate, was recently named a Premier 100 Technology Leader by Computerworld. Dr. Birdsall currently serves as the chief medical information officer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). The following is from a press release issued by CTCA.

This year’s Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

“The Premier 100 awards program highlights the exceptional work of an elite group of IT executives who are leading their organizations through times of unprecedented change. They are using technology to drive high-stakes business projects and create dynamic growth in their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld.

“These 100 men and women are not only strategic business thinkers, but also team leaders who recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining the brightest talent to enable digital transformation and harness the opportunities of cloud, big data, mobile and social. We’re pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements.”

“I’m honored to be included with so many talented leaders from across all industries,” said Dr. Birdsall. “At a time of rapid change in oncology, with increasing complexity of decision making and a vast amount of information available, technology is more important than ever. I am proud to be a part of what is becoming a paradigm shift for the benefit of our patients and medical staff.”

As Chief Medical Information Officer for CTCA, Dr. Birdsall is responsible for leveraging technology to provide clinical staff with robust, effective, and efficient technology to allow them to provide the highest level of care to patients. He is instrumental in bridging the gaps between clinicians and clinical practice, technology solutions, and administrative process. Dr. Birdsall is responsible for both the strategic leadership and the operational success of the clinical IT function.

Computerworld is the leading technology media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. The Premier 100 program was created by Computerworld to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. Annually, nominees complete in a questionnaire that addresses a variety of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader Index, a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, Computerworld analyzes the data. One hundred honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award.

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