Drex DeFord

Drex DeFord

Executive Healthcare Strategist

CrowdStrike

I’m a farm-kid from Indiana. With no money for college, I enlisted in the Air Force as an IT Specialist. While on active-duty and working full-time, I finished my undergrad in Business (Magna Cum Laude), and my first masters degree (Public Administration). The Air Force offered a direct commission as a USAF Officer (hospital administration) — and I accepted.

As a USAF officer, I was the CIO at a small hospital; the Administrator of an Air Transportable Hospital (like an Air Force version of a MASH unit) during Desert Shield/Storm — shot at and missed; Deputy CIO at the USAF School of Healthcare Sciences; completed a second masters (MS in Health Informatics), CIO at the Air Force’s Largest Regional Command (14 hospitals and clinics across the Southern US); CIO at one of the AF’s largest Medical Centers; went back to the Middle East to lead an expeditionary hospital supporting multi-national warfighters enforcing Iraqi No-Fly-Zone Operations (Operation Southern Watch); then off to Washington DC as the Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Health System’s World-Wide Operations.  

After 20 years and 21 days of military service I retired from the USAF, and started a civilian career that’s included CIO roles at Scripps Health, Seattle Children’s, and Steward Healthcare, and CEO of Next Wave Connect.

I hung out my shingle as an independent consultant, launching drexio digital health in early 2015.  

Appearances, Video Clips and Quotes

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Wearables Integration into Health IT

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Healthcare Platforms’ Rights and Monopolies

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Creating a Security Response Plan for Your Health System

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Not If But When – Preparing for Security Breaches in Your Health System

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Predictions for Health IT and Healthcare in 2021

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Health IT Predictions for the Biden Administration

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Allowing Governance to Balance Increased IT Projects with Less Revenue

Create as much capacity as you can. If it’s not essential, stop doing it. Or put it on the back burner and let it simmer.
We wind up in this weird situation sometimes where what we are supposed to be doing and what we want to do are diametrically opposed.
There’s a million of those stories out there where people were super innovative and did whatever they needed to do to take care of patients and families. I’m really proud of healthcare and the people that we work with for that.
The big benefit that I see coming for many of us, if we continue on this work from home, work from anywhere idea, is that you can get top notch talent relatively cheaply. I think that’s a big win for healthcare
Overnight we saw people say, starting tomorrow 3000 people need to work from home. And fortunately it was really fun to see CEO’s, CISO’s and CIO’s being able to bend and flex and scale and be agile to enable that to happen.
There were some interesting reports early on in COVID where people were taking their temperature with smart thermometers and based on the geo locating data they were able to go back and say, wow, we could have maybe predicted the outbreak in New York.

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