Palis, 32, joined Harrison Medical Center in 2002 as a network engineer and was later named CIO of the hospital in 2005, becoming the organization’s youngest executive at age 27. He quickly initiated significant changes at the hospital, such as establishing a more customer-focused IT department, constructing a state-of-the-art data center, installing a new network infrastructure to include remote campuses digitizing X-rays, and introducing free wireless across all Harrison campuses.
Palis has spearheaded a multiyear project to implement a $30.5 million electronic medical record at Harrison Medical Center. After three years, the project is three-quarters complete, with bedside medication bar-coding and computerized physician order entry on tap for 2011. As part of his continuing efforts to implement electronic health record technology, Palis will lead the rollout of a community-wide HIE in early 2011.
Palis graduated magna cum laude from Seattle Pacific University and holds six Microsoft technical certifications.
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Palis also earned the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” honor in 2005 in which the Kitsap Peninsula’s best, brightest, and most outstanding individuals under the age of 40 are chosen from a panel of local leaders, elected officials, and business people.