Eric Yablonka


  • IT Governance

  • Portfolio Management

  • Advanced Interoperability


Eric has over thirty years of experience in leading hospital operations and information systems management functions. Prior to joining Next Wave Health Advisors in 2016, he served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) since 2001. His responsibilities at UCM include all information technology functions, biomedical engineering and the call center. Eric had a staff of over 300 with capital and operating budget responsibilities in excess of $60 million annually.

At UMC, Eric was a member of the Senior Management Group and worked with the UCMC Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization. He had leadership responsibility for the T-2 program whose focus was to transform how UCMC functions and drives operational improvements in the following areas; supply chain and administrative management, clinical care delivery, patient and physician access.

Eric has been honored to receive the John E. Gall CIO of the Year award from CHIME/HIMSS and the Executives Club of Chicago/SIM/AITP CIO of the Year award. His team has been recognized with numerous awards including; CIO100, Most Wired, Information Week Elite 100, CHEF Innovation and SIM/AITP Most Effective Team.

Prior to UCMC, Eric was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, Conn. At SRHS, he was responsible for the information technology, supply chain management, process re-engineering, benchmarking and decision support functions. Eric also worked at JCAHO developing clinical outcome measurement systems, Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Director in their IS Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center as Assistant Director in Information Services and William Beaumont Hospital as Manager of Information Services.

Eric is also a former Director for TeraMedica, a Milwaukee based company that is now part of Fuji Medical Systems that markets software designed to connect and manage the clinical image content infrastructure of a modern healthcare system.

Eric has been an advocate for innovation in the healthcare industry. He speaks about these topics in industry and technology conferences and meetings. He has written articles for trade publications about technology innovation and adoption. Eric and his organization have also been featured in publications in recognition of their accomplishments. Eric has been an early adopter of new medical and information technologies. He frequently works with his vendor partners and new entrants to market to understand how their offerings can be of value to his organization.

As a member of customer/technology advisory groups, Eric has guided new companies with their product offerings, market analysis and positioning and with their business planning. He has educated new company’s executive teams on how to navigate the healthcare market with a specialty in helping emerging companies work synergistically with more established healthcare companies. The eco-system he has deployed at UCMC can be considered best in class in this regard.

Eric is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He has chaired the fall forum planning committee, been chair of the CHIME Foundation (vendor group), Treasurer of CHIME and a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees. He served as Program Director for the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, a program that trains the next generation of CIO’s.

Eric earned his MBA from the Advanced Management Program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and his BS in Business Studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.