Angie Bass identified as a national leader in health information exchange.
Missouri Health Connection (MHC), Missouri’s health information exchange network, has selected Angie Bass as President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. “After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the Board of Directors is delighted that Angie will lead MHC as we continue to evolve in the expanding landscape of health information exchange,” said Susan Wilson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Angie has a thorough understanding of the needs of our members and of the rapidly changing industry. Angie’s experience with MHC and in health information exchange held up against a very competitive national search. The Board is confident that she is the best choice to take MHC forward as a nationally recognized health information exchange.”
Bass has served MHC for 5 years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer, where she oversaw all aspects of MHC’s strategic initiatives, operations, business development, public relations, government relations and service delivery. Under Bass’ leadership, MHC has become one of the nation’s largest health information exchanges covering a territory of more than 69 thousand square miles with more than 15 million patients in its network, enabling thousands of health care providers to have secure access to a real-time, comprehensive electronic patient health record. In her tenure at MHC, Bass has brought national attention to the successes MHC has achieved solidifying MHC’s place in the forefront of the national landscape of health information exchange. “I am grateful to have been selected by the Board of Directors to lead MHC. I am honored to have their confidence in me to further solidify MHC as a trailblazer in the health information exchange industry. MHC is well positioned to provide its members with differentiating services that optimize the delivery of patient care.” said Bass.
Bass joined MHC in May 2012 as Program Manager and was quickly promoted to Director of Client Relations and Business Development in the same year and then again to Chief Operating Officer in 2013. She brings over a decade of experience in health policy and health administration experience to the organization. Prior to joining MHC, Angie worked as a health policy advisor for the Missouri House of Representatives. Bass received both her Bachelor Degree and her Master of Health Administration from the University of Missouri.
Following Bass’s appointment to CEO, Jaki Porter will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer while also maintaining her Chief Financial Officer position. Porter joined MHC in 2013 as Finance Director and was appointed Chief Financial Officer after six months at MHC. Porter’s financial leadership of the organization has led to MHC’s ongoing financial strength and solidarity. Her success as CFO is as a result of her extraordinary effort to learn all facets of MHC’s operations to better enable her ability to make decisions regarding MHC’s financial strategy. “Jaki is already a standout financial leader for MHC, so promoting her to COO is a more than comfortable decision for the organization. She is a trusted and truly talented professional,” said Bass.
With more than a decade of experience in the public accounting arena and as the key team leader for a CPA firm, Porter was focused on audits, reviews, compilations, consulting, and other accounting and tax services within a wide range of industries including: health care, manufacturing, construction, non-profits, investment companies, broker/dealers, retailers, distribution and professional service providers. Porter received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accountancy with a concentration in Taxation from University of Missouri Columbia in 2004.
About Missouri Health Connection
MHC, a private, non-profit, statewide health information exchange network, is one of the largest HIE’s in the United States that provides a secure and private electronic platform to electronically share health information. Since January 2014, the MHC network has been providing the electronic exchange of health records enabling physicians to quickly and securely access patient health records while treating their patients which has improved the quality of health care delivery by coordinating care, reducing preventable errors and avoiding treatment duplication. MHC’s network includes more than 70 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and more than 7,000 physicians treating more than 15 million patients. For more information, visit www.MissouriHealthConnection.org.