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R. Hal Baker, MD

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R. Hal Baker, MDSenior Vice President & Chief Digital & Chief Information Officer

Dr. Baker assumed his most current role in 2020 with a focus on creation of WellSpan’s Analytics Center of Excellence and WellSpan’s Innovation Center. He also oversees information technology, medical informatics, cyber security, digital and biomedical.

Since 2005, he has championed WellSpan's progress in leveraging technology to improve patient safety, clinical care and quality of the patient experience. An avid promoter of Open Notes and instant access for patients to their results, Dr. Baker championed the creation of patient portals that focused on giving patients immediate control of their data. Through his leadership, WellSpan achieved HIMSS Level 7 recognition on both Cerner and Epic EHRs.

From 2013-20, Dr. Baker served as Senior Vice President, Clinical Improvement and drove an enhanced focus to improve patient safety. By fostering collaboration between clinicians and technology, WellSpan was able to dramatically improve survival in sepsis to nation leading levels. This effort was recognized with WellSpan’s receipt of the 2019 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award.

Recognized as both a physician and technology leader, Dr. Baker has served in committee leadership roles for the American College of Physicians. He served on the board of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) from 2016-2021 and was recognize as the organization’s Physician Executive of the Year in 2022. In addition, Dr. Baker received the ORBIE Award as the 2021 Philadelphia Chief Information Officer of the Year for Healthcare. He has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of clinical leadership in Information Services and patient centered design in the deployment of technology.

Dr. Baker joined WellSpan York Hospital in June 1995 as associate program director of the WellSpan York Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He previously served as lead physician at Apple Hill Internal Medicine, where he still practices primary care as part of the WellSpan Medical Group. Dr. Baker came to York after completing a general internal medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a medical degree from Cornell University.