CalRHIO names Coye as new CEO, president

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The CalRHIO board of directors has appointed Molly Joel Coye, MD, president and CEO on July 1. CalRHIO is the California statewide information exchange (HIE) founded in 2005.

Coye was a principal founder of CalRHIO and has served as the chair of the board of directors since 2007. Coye fills a vacancy left by Don Holmquest, MD, JD, who moved into a senior advisory role in late 2008.
She has a large task ahead of her, as the HIE has acknowledged long-standing financial difficulties. As of late 2007, CalRHIO indicated it needed $30 million in seed money to start work on the project, which was expected to cost approximately $300 million.

Coye was the founder and CEO of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a San Francisco-based non-profit research organization that has joined with the Public Health Institute (PHI) in Oakland, Calif. HealthTech and PHI currently are exploring ways to archive and disseminate HealthTech's work to make it available to researchers, public health leaders, policy leaders and health providers both in the U.S. and globally.

CalRHIO said that Coye served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey and director of the California Department of Health Services, in addition to heading the division of public health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, marketing and product development for interactive health communication and disease management at HealthDesk, serving as executive vice president for the Good Samaritan Health System, and directing the Lewin Group's West Coast office.