Stephanie Reel to retire as chief information officer of university, health system

In three decades at the institution, she has overseen a massive expansion of information technology services, support, and capabilities

Stephanie Reel, a skilled problem-solver and widely admired leader in information technology at Johns Hopkins for nearly three decades, plans to retire this summer, the university and health system announced today.

Stephanie Reel

Image caption: Stephanie Reel joined Johns Hopkins in 1990 and has served as chief information officer for both the university and health system since 1998.

Since 1998, Reel has served as both chief information officer and vice provost for information technology for the university and as chief information officer and senior vice president for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is the longest-tenured member of the university's executive leadership team.

"Serving in these dual roles is unprecedented among academic health systems nationwide, and a testament to Stephanie's vision and leadership ability," Sunil Kumar, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at JHU; Daniel G. Ennis, senior vice president for finance and administration at JHU; and Robert Kasdin, senior vice president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine, wrote in a message to the university and health system communities today.

"Throughout Stephanie's tenure, information technology has continued to evolve and Johns Hopkins' needs for innovative solutions have grown," they added. "Stephanie and her team have been committed to leveraging the power of emerging technologies and have cultivated strong, collaborative relationships to meet these needs."

Reel plans to retire on July 1.

"Johns Hopkins is not just a great institution; it is a good one. And it is good because of the people who work and study here," she said.

"Johns Hopkins has played a central role in some of the most profound moments in people's lives. I am grateful for the leadership opportunities that may have helped shape a few of those moments."

During her tenure, Reel grew what began as a small team of 75 serving the university and health system to a group of more than 1,300 people who deliver information technology services and solutions—including networking; telecommunications; and clinical, research, and instructional technologies—24 hours a day, seven days a week to Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students.

Among her many achievements, Reel was instrumental in the expanded and enhanced use of electronic patient records at Johns Hopkins Medicine, a process that involved the aggregation of data from more than 100 distinct systems into a consolidated view of a patient's record. That project created the Epic Medical Record System and paved the way for the successful launch earlier this year of the Johns Hopkins Precision Medicine Application Platform, which facilitates big data research across the enterprise and equips care providers with tools and information needed to improve patient care.

Reel also oversaw the development and launch of the Technology Innovation Center, which collaborates with researchers and care providers to strengthen patient care and discovery through the development and commercialization of medical software.

Under Reel's direction, Johns Hopkins has also implemented several significant web-based and cloud-based initiatives, including:

  • A student information system that provides access to admissions, financial aid, registration, grades, and student accounts
  • Procurement and supply chain solutions
  • An enterprise resource planning system that provides integrated financial and administrative system solutions

Reel, who holds a bachelor's degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Loyola, joined Johns Hopkins in 1990 as director of information services for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was promoted to senior director of information services for Johns Hopkins Medicine in 1993, and to vice president in 1994.

She was named a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld in 2013, a Hall of Fame Honoree by CIO Magazine in 2012, and one of the Top 25 Leaders Driving the Healthcare IT Revolution by Information Week Healthcare in 2011. During Reel's tenure, Johns Hopkins has been honored for innovation in information technology by the Smithsonian Institution and Healthcare Informatics, and Computerworld named the institution a "Best Place to Work in Information Technology."