A CIO parts ways with VHA: 'It seemed like the right time to leave'

A CIO parts ways with VHA: 'It seemed like the right time to leave'

Dave Albinson helped establish VHA's 22 clinical divisions and CIOs.

By Frank Tiboni

GCN Staff

Dave Albinson this month left his job as the Veterans Health Administration chief information officer.

Albinson will head the defense health care practice at Universal Systems Inc. of Chantilly, Va. He will handle Universal's work on the Defense Department's clinical information systems.

He had been the VHA CIO for three and a half years. Dr. Ken Kizer, VA's undersecretary for health, brought Albinson on board but decided not to approve him for another term as VHA CIO, Albinson said.

'It just seemed like the right time for me to leave,'' he said. 'Universal wanted to expand into the health care area, and I'll have similar responsibilities that I had at VHA.''

Harold Gracey, the Veterans Affairs Department CIO, said he credits Albinson with drawing field office users into systems development. During his tenure, the agency established 22 clinical divisions, each with a CIO.

'I enjoyed getting the 22 CIOs to work together,'' Albinson said. 'I leave with no ill feelings.''

Albinson's position at VHA has not been filled; an acting CIO has not been named.

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