Carol Ann Hudson is assistant vice president, quality and clinical operations, population health, at Lifepoint Health, a national health system and accountable care organization based in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Hudson’s career began as a programmer writing code to build hard drives for Digital Equipment Corporation. The hard drives were used in test rockets for DEC’s space program. The goal was to continually design smaller and smaller hard drives to save space and weight. She was one of the earliest women in IT at that organization, and that space program experience continues to serve her today.
We interviewed Hudson to gain insights from her experience as a woman executive in health IT, and to talk about the impending new Electronic Clinical Quality Measures reporting requirements for ACOs, among other topics.