With net revenues of $5.5 billion, 10 acute-care hospitals, 10 post-acute care facilities, 600 employed physicians and 432,600 covered lives, Bert successfully led teams in information technology, process improvement and supply chain management for over 30 years at Sentara Healthcare, one of the nation’s most advanced integrated health systems. He most recently served as Sentara’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer until his departure in 2016.
The key roles Bert played in his work with Sentara are credited with helping the health system earn numerous industry IT-related accolades, including Most Wired, Top 100 Innovations, Best Employer in Information Technology, HIMSS Analytics EMR Maturity Model Stage 7 and the Davies Award. Moreover, under Bert’s leadership, Sentara continually ranked one of the most integrated health care networks in the United States by Modern Healthcare; and was the only healthcare system in the nation to be named in the top 10 all 15 years of the survey. His many accomplishments include leading the enterprise-wide implementation of Epic’s EHR system in which Sentara achieved significant empirical financial savings and improved clinic outcomes. Primarily emphasizing IT and supply chain, Bert also led several mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions at Sentara.
Currently, Bert serves as Vice President, Portfolio Management and Innovation at Divergent, LLC a leading Healthcare IT consulting firm serving hospitals and health systems nationwide.
Widely viewed as an international expert on healthcare technology, he has served on delegations to the Soviet Republic, South Africa and Japan to discuss the role of technology in the delivery of healthcare; is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events; and has been interviewed by or been the subject of dozens of articles in industry and national media. In fact, Becker’s Hospital Review listed Bert as one of “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know.”
Bert is also a full professor to the Medical College of Virginia and has given lectures at numerous universities throughout the country. He also served as an executive editor on the highly acclaimed book “Accountable Care – Bridging the Health Information Technology Divide, First Edition.”