Richard (Hal) Baker, MD, FACP, is senior vice president, chief digital and chief information officer at WellSpan Health. The role includes oversight of IT, HIM, medical informatics, cybersecurity, digital, and biomed—with a new focus on the creation of the Analytics Center of Excellence and WellSpan’s Innovation Center.
Since 2005, Baker has championed WellSpan's progress in leveraging technology to improve patient safety, clinical care and quality of patient experience. An avid promoter of Open Notes and instant access for patients to their results, Baker championed the creation of patient portals that focused on giving patients immediate control of their data. Through his leadership, WellSpan achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 validations on both EHRs utilized within the organization.
From 2013 to 2020, Baker served as senior vice president, clinical improvement and increased urgency in addressing safety issues—as well as the development of multiple improvements in the integration of clinicians and technology to improve safety. By fostering collaborations between the IS and clinical improvement teams under his direction, WellSpan was able to dramatically improve survival in sepsis to nation-leading levels. This effort was recognized with WellSpan’s receipt of the 2019 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award.
Recognized as both a physician and technology leader, Baker has served in committee leadership roles for the American College of Physicians and the HIMSS Analytics Advisory Board since 2016. He has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of clinical leadership in IS and patient-centered design in the deployment of technology.
Baker joined WellSpan York Hospital in June 1995 as associate program director of the WellSpan York Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He previously served as lead physician at Apple Hill Internal Medicine, where he still practices primary care as part of the WellSpan Medical Group.
Baker came to York after completing a general internal medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a medical degree from Cornell University.