Heather Haugen, Ph.D. | EXPO.health - Health IT Expo and Conference


Heather Haugen, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer

Dr. Heather Haugen has deep expertise in health information technology and a passion for research and the application of those outcomes to the challenges that currently exist in healthcare.  She is the Chief Science Officer for Atos in their Digital Health Solutions division.  Prior to her current role, she was the CEO and Managing Director of The Breakaway Group, A Xerox Company.  She has served in research, development and information systems leadership roles. Her past roles have led to a unique mix of experience, including conducting rigorous research, leading development efforts based on research outcomes, and leading and developing top-performing teams.


Dr. Haugen brings a research focus to the adoption of health information technology. She has more than 20 years of research experience in both the academic and private sectors. Her research and methodology is published in her latest book, Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for the Adoption of Healthcare Technology, which is the second edition and is a National Bestseller.  Dr. Haugen regularly speaks at national conferences and publishes in academic and industry publications.  In addition to her research acumen, she is a respected leader who has served in an executive leadership role for over 15 years.


Haugen’s research experience spans strategies to increase EHR adoption, overcome barriers to clinician adoption of new technology, institute effective health information technology education, and develop telehealth programs for disease prevention and chronic disease management.  She has published in numerous health and medical journals, including the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, ADVANCE for Health Information Executives and Healthcare Informatics. Dr. Haugen also publishes regularly in industry publications where she focuses on the application of research findings to the real-world experiences of clinicians and healthcare leaders.  She is the author of two books, Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for Lasting EMR Adoption (2010 and 2016) and Beyond Coding: How ICD-10 Will Transform Clinical Documentation (2012).  As a result of the research published in Beyond Implementation, she was selected as a 2010 Finalist for Champions in Healthcare.


Dr. Haugen holds a faculty position at the University of Colorado Denver- Anschutz Medical Center as the Director of Health Information Technology, where she actively mentors doctoral students and teaches courses.


Dr. Haugen earned her doctorate in health information technology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She earned her Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition from Colorado State University, and her Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Denver.