Sean Johnson, RN, has been promoted to chief information officer at Sansum Clinic. He will oversee the implementation and maintenance of enterprise applications and data solutions for the organization, as well as manage the information technology operation, IT Security, IT Support, and Health Information Systems and Population Health departments.
Johnson joined Sansum Clinic in 2010 to help lead the deployment of our electronic health record (EHR). In 2018, he was promoted to vice president of applications and analytics to help the clinic mature its technologies, optimizing the use of software and data to further the organization’s mission.
Johnson led efforts to add digital revenue cycle processes within the EHR, and to develop and improve data collection and reporting capabilities. Most recently, he oversaw the integration of a telehealth program in just weeks after the COVID-19 crisis began.
“It was as a nurse manager where the awareness of just how beneficial or detrimental information systems can be to delivering care,” Johnson said. “Working to provide ones that improve the patient care experience has been my primary focus.”
Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern California (USC). He spent the first four years of his career in operations and nursing leadership. In 2001, he turned from operations to healthcare information technology solutions and strategies.
Before joining Sansum Clinic, Johnson helped lead the successful implementation of electronic health record programs at Oregon Health and Science University and Sutter Health. In 2018, Johnson completed his master’s in healthcare administration from USC, and now serves there as an adjunct professor teaching masters in healthcare administration courses.
Johnson and his family have ties to Santa Barbara and Sansum Clinic. His father, Dr. Joseph Johnson, was a Sansum Clinic psychiatrist for more than 20 years.