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Dear Colleagues:

Dr. Molly Coye - Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health
Dr. Molly Coye 
Chief Innovation Officer 
UCLA Health

With great pleasure, I write to announce the appointment of Dr. Molly Joel Coye as Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health, effective September 20, 2010.  Dr. Coye is an internationally recognized leader in advancing innovative approaches to healthcare delivery, adopting new technologies and shaping national health policy.  She will join UCLA from the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, where she chairs the Advisory Board for the Center for Technology and Aging and advises domestic and international programs regarding innovation and technology.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Coye will be overseeing the new UCLA Innovates HealthCare initiative, and will be responsible for developing other initiatives, programs and strategies which will promote and nurture innovation across the UCLA Health to improve the quality of care delivered locally and globally.  She will work with the leadership of the Health System and with national leaders focusing on the transformation of health services and on national and state health reform, and will report to me in my role as Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences.  In addition to her role as Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health, she is being proposed for appointment as professor, Department of Family Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The UCLA Innovates HealthCare initiative and Dr. Coye's efforts will build upon an already distinguished record of innovation in UCLA Health Sciences. Our faculty, staff and trainees have been on the cutting edge of basic research, translational applications and clinical breakthroughs for decades. UCLA is widely recognized for excellence in clinical programs, quality of care, patient satisfaction and many other dimensions of patient-centered care. Taking full advantage of UCLA's existing capabilities, activities and opportunities to further advance innovation in health services, however, will require that UCLA leadership be more proactive about developing core infrastructure and supporting novel programs.
Dr. Coye's remarkable background makes her just the right person to work with our Health System's clinical and administrative leadership in pursuing such an endeavor.  Dr. Coye has extensive experience in academia, government and the private sector.  She has served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. After leaving public service, Dr. Coye led a large medical group and IPA in Santa Clara, directed product development at an early Internet disease management company, and advised venture investors in health technology.
Over the past decade, Dr. Coye has amassed a stellar record of achievement as a pioneer in the development, assessment and diffusion of health-related technology.  She founded and served as CEO of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a nonprofit education and research organization which became the premier forecasting institution for emerging technologies in health care.  She co-founded and served as Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO of CalRHIO, California's first statewide health information exchange organization. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of PATH, a large nonprofit organization developing technologies for international health, as a member of the boards of the American Telemedicine Association and of Aetna, Inc., and is a past member of the boards of the American Hospital Association, the American Public Health Association, and The California Endowment. 
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1994, Dr. Coye co-authored two landmark reports on healthcare quality from the IOM:  To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm.  For the IOM, she also chaired the Committee on Access to Insurance for Children, and co-chaired the Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards.  In recognition of her distinguished professional contributions, Dr. Coye has also received many other prestigious honors and awards, including the Information Technology Innovator Award from HealthCare Informatics, and recognition by Modern Healthcare as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Healthcare, 50 most Influential Physicians in Healthcare, and 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare.
Dr. Coye received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Johns Hopkins University and is board certified by the American College of Preventive Medicine.  A true Renaissance woman, Dr. Coye also has a M.A. degree in Chinese History from Stanford University and is the author of two books on Chinese history.
I am confident that Dr. Coye, drawing on her considerable expertise, experience and savoir-faire, will help us both anticipate and act on the many opportunities that healthcare reform will bring, leveraging UCLA's unique strengths and ensuring that we play a leadership role in building the future of healthcare delivery locally and nationally.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Coye to the UCLA community.
A. Eugene Washington
Vice Chancellor & Dean

Related Links:

Institute of Medicine Commentary | David Feinberg, Molly Coye, and Eugene Washington's discussion of work at UCLA to transform the care culture touches on several issues and lessons central to the delivery of care that is effective, efficient, and continuously improving.

'UCLA Innovates' with former state health director (UCLA Today) 

Molly Coye of UCLA Discusses Innovative Ways to Improve the Value of Healthcare Services (California HealthLine)