Kevin Fitzpatrick has been named CEO of CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO. Mr. Fitzpatrick, who is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), will begin his new role on August 3. CancerLinQ LLC was established for the development and operation of CancerLinQ™, a big data project aimed to improve the quality of cancer care.
“Mr. Fitzpatrick has the expertise and experience to make CancerLinQ the learning health system of choice for oncologists,” said ASCO CEO and CancerLinQ LLC Board of Governors Chair Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO. “The ACC is a leader in developing and implementing electronic health registries for outpatient care, and he was a driving force in their expansion and utilization. We are thrilled to have Mr. Fitzpatrick bringing this same focus and commitment to CancerLinQ.”
CancerLinQ will unlock real-world patient care data from millions of electronic health records and securely process and analyze the data to provide immediate quality feedback and personalized insights on a scope that was previously unattainable. Earlier this year, ASCO announced that CancerLinQ will be developed using SAP HANA®, a flexible, multipurpose data management and application platform created by SAP. Fifteen vanguard oncology practices from across the United States will adopt the first version of CancerLinQ beginning late in 2015.
With oversight from the CancerLinQ LLC Board of Governors, the CEO will lead both CancerLinQ and ASCO staff throughout the organization to drive the mission, operations, and financial sustainability of CancerLinQ. Mr. Fitzpatrick will build upon a highly dynamic and collaborative effort within CancerLinQ, ASCO, and SAP to develop a system that is a nimble driver of change in the ever-evolving field of data and analytics.
“I am honored to lead this transformational initiative,” said Mr. Fitzpatrick. “CancerLinQ truly has the potential to change the cancer care landscape, and I look forward to working with the oncology and health information technology communities to make that happen.”
In his current role, Mr. Fitzpatrick jointly leads the ACC’s overall financial management and operational and strategic planning. He also serves as the Chief Senior Liaison between the ACC and its major corporate electronic health records, health information technology, and institutional partners, and oversees efforts to identify early-stage entrepreneurs tackling some of the biggest challenges facing health-care today. ■