Center for Medical Interoperability names Ed Cantwell as CEO


cantwellNashville, TN (October 27, 2016) – The Center for Medical Interoperability, an organization of health systems dedicated to improving health care by advancing the seamless flow of information among medical technologies, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ed Cantwell to Chief Executive Officer.

Involved since the Center’s founding, Cantwell previously served as its Executive Director, helping establish the initial board and strategic direction. Prior to joining the Center, he served as Senior Vice President at the West Health Institute and President and CEO of InnerWireless and of SpectraPoint. In addition to his 25 years of experience leading advanced technology businesses and developing communications systems, Cantwell served as an Air Force fighter pilot for over a decade.

“After a national CEO search, the board concluded that Ed’s knowledge and understanding of the Center’s mission, the key stakeholders, and the technology architecture and infrastructure needed to achieve interoperability make him uniquely suited to lead the Center,” said Mike Schatzlein, MD, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “This promotion is a testament to the vital role Ed has played in advancing the comprehensive interoperability efforts of the Center.”

“I’m honored to serve as CEO of the Center and help our members holistically address their clinical, business and technical needs. The support of our board and the greater Nashville community for achieving our mission has been tremendous,” said Cantwell.

The Center’s board includes CEOs from the following health systems:  Ascension Health, Carilion Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Community Health Systems, Hospital Corporation of America, Hennepin Healthcare System, LifePoint Health, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, RWJBarnabas, Scripps Health, UNC Health Care System, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As a cooperative research and development arm for health systems, the Center collaborates with vendors to improve real-time information flow among medical devices and applications, such as electronic health records and research databases, to enable better decision-making by clinicians and improved patient safety.

About the Center for Medical Interoperability

The Center for Medical Interoperability is a 501(c)(3) organization led by health systems to advance data sharing among medical technologies and systems. Members are committed to compelling change and improving patient safety, care quality and outcomes, and reducing clinician burden and waste.