Introducing Ken Letkeman.

Ken Letkeman joined Houston Methodist Oct. 1 as our new Chief Information Officer (CIO). He brings more than 30 years’ experience in IT, most recently as CIO at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he led their successful Epic implementation.

What are your first impressions of Houston Methodist?

I came to Houston Methodist with high expectations based on the reputation of the organization and the IT team. As I have engaged with the teams and seen them in action expectations have been exceeded.

What is one of your first projects?

I joined at a great time, as we’ve just completed our upgrade to Epic v2018. I had the opportunity to see our teams’ diligence and hard work in making it a success. I saw the personal engagement of everyone involved. I am extremely impressed with the partnership between our IT and operational teams. Everyone is committed to the success of the health system.

What are your preliminary goals?

Initially, I have three key goals/focus areas.

  • Improve clinical care team efficiency and satisfaction with technology.
  • Develop technology innovations that improve patient and consumer experience and outcomes.
  • Become the market leader in leveraging data for operational improvement and research.

What are you most excited about in your new role?

I’m excited to be part of the Houston Methodist Center for Innovation initiative. We’re already doing some great things in the clinical space, like telemedicine, artificial intelligence and automated opioid prescription protocols, in addition to equipping Walter Tower with the best technology available. I look forward to the possibilities in the digital space.

What if staff have suggestions for IT?

I have an open-door policy and personally welcome your feedback on ways IT can improve. I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts and ideas, using the Feedback button.