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Drexio Innovation Network // Drexio Digital Health

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Trusted Connections - Health IT Consulting Tailored to You

Drex DeFord, FACHE, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, MPA/MSHI

You can trust a leader who has been in your shoes. For 30 years, I've led some of the nation’s most respected health systems as Chief Information Officer:


- US Air Force Health System

- Scripps Health (San Diego)

- Seattle Children's

- Steward Healthcare (Boston)

Advice, Guidance, Coaching, & Support to...

Health Systems & Execs

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Strategy, planning, governance, coaching, budgeting, project leadership, interim CIO support services and more. I've held senior executive positions in almost every kind of healthcare system: For-Profit, Venture-Capital-Backed, Not-For-Profit, Specialty Health System, Top National Institutes of Health Research Institutes, Multi-Hospital Integrated Delivery Networks, Accountable Care Organizations, & Federal and Military Healthcare.  Whatever the crazy challenge you're facing, I’ve probably seen it, and solved it, over the past 30 years. Healthcare information technology consulting -- Let me help!

Service & Product Partners

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Figuring out the best way to go to market is tough, especially in this radically changing healthcare environment. You have a great product or service and a strong sales team. I have the insight of an executive who’s succeeded in all types of healthcare organizations. I've been a buyer.  I understand how healthcare systems approach acquisitions and vendor partnerships. Let me help figure out the new ways to connect with your target customers. My client portfolio includes major software vendors, healthcare operations consulting firms, cybersecurity service providers...let's add you to the list!

Start-Ups & Investors

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I’ve been lucky to be involved with several great venture capital & private equity firms, and start-ups over the course of my career. Whether you’re seeking a portfolio review, have questions about a specific move you’re considering, or just want an experienced mentor who can help you better understand this crazy healthcare technology market, I can help. And, of course, with complete discretion (I can keep a secret -- I carried a USAF Top-Secret security clearance for 20-years).

Board Leadership

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I’m a past-Board Director at "Best in KLAS" Healthcare Security Consulting firm, CynergisTek (NYSE: CTEK), and other West-Coast start-ups. I’ve served as Board of Trustees Chair at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), sat on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Board, been a board-leader at HIMSS Virginia, and President of HIMSS Washington. I’ve participated in a large number of advisory boards (Citrix, Dell, Microsoft, Arcadia and more).

Keynote Speaker

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Most fun ever! I get a kick out of interacting with you and your team in advance of presentations, customizing my comments to fit your event. The best part is spending time with the audience after the presentation, digging in on some of the most interesting aspects of the transition to value-based care, innovation, security, and a number of other topics. A top-rated speaker at every event. I'm just a regular person who's caught a lot of great breaks, and that comes through in my presentation style.  If you want a stuffy, know-it-all, I'm NOT your guy!

Listen/Connect

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One of the things I enjoy most is making connections. And one of the best ways I've found to do that is through webcasts & podcasts. Two of my favorites are with the team at OutcomesRocket, and my good friends at HealthLyrics. They're short. And fun. Oh, and I publish a first-in-healthcare text-based news update called "3xDrex" -- it's free! Text DREX to 484848! Published 3 times/week, with three great stories per issue. You can find back-issues on-line here!