Formerly Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health, Karen Murphy, Ph.D., is currently Geisinger's Chief Innovation Officer and the founding director of the Steele Institute for Health Innovation. In this year's Becker's Hospital Review, Dr. Murphy was named one of 2020's "Women to Watch" due to her commitment to developing leading-edge solutions.
In her role at the Steele Institute, Murphy leads Geisinger in developing systems that may slow rising costs, improve quality, and increase access to healthcare. Working with teams in product innovation, machine learning, and data enterprise, the Steele Institute builds solutions to improve overall health, patient experience, care delivery, and affordability.
“Continuous advancements in information technology provide both great opportunities and challenges for healthcare organizations,” Dr. Murphy said. “It is an exciting time in our field as we use this technology to develop innovative ways to make healthcare easier and more accessible for the communities we serve.”
During Dr. Murphy's time as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, she worked on addressing the most significant health issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic. Prior to her role as secretary, she served as director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, leading a $990 million CMS investment designed to accelerate health care innovation across the United States. She previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, and as founder and chief executive officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor.