Geisinger’s Karen Murphy named ‘Woman to Watch’


DANVILLE – Karen Murphy, Ph.D., Geisinger’s chief innovation officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Health Innovation, has been named a 2020 “Woman to Watch” in health information technology by Becker’s Hospital Review.

In her role at the Steele Institute, Murphy leads Geisinger’s commitment to innovation, developing leading-edge solutions that slow rising costs, improve quality and increase access to healthcare. Working with teams in product innovation, machine learning and data enterprise, the Steele Institute builds solutions to improve overall health, patient experience, care delivery and affordability.

“Continuous advancements in information technology provide both great opportunities and challenges for healthcare organizations,” Murphy said. “It is an exciting time in our field as we use this technology to develop innovative ways to make healthcare easier and more accessible for the communities we serve.”

Before joining Geisinger, Murphy served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, addressing the most significant health issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic. Prior to her role as secretary, Murphy served as director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, leading a $990 million CMS investment designed to accelerate health care innovation across the United States. She previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, and as founder and chief executive officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor.