Tonya Edwards, MD

Tonya Edwards, MD

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Tonya Edwards, MD is a Principal with The Chartis Group and a leader in the clinical informatics and technology practice. Her career in healthcare has spanned over 30 years as a family physician, physician executive and consultant. For much of her career Dr. Edwards served in dual roles as a Family Practice board certified, practicing clinician and operational leader in diverse environments from private practice to large integrated delivery networks before transitioning into full-time clinical informatics leadership roles. Dr. Edwards has extensive experience in clinical operations. She is certified in clinical informatics, physician coaching, population health, physician engagement and change management. She is certified in Clinical Informatics, Lean Six Sigma and has led numerous performance improvement projects. Dr. Edwards has developed clinical informatics programs designed to effectively align IT and clinical operations in improvement activities, including the development of CMIOs as clinical informatics leaders.

Dr. Edwards' recent work has focused on clinical IT governance, physician engagement and change leadership, clinical process improvement and technology enablement and clinical informatics strategies, particularly related to the role of clinical informatics in driving value. She has advised organizations on clinical and IT governance, assessment and identification of high-value optimization opportunities, systemization and reduction of clinical variation, quality and safety improvement, and realization of value from EHR implementation. In addition, she has worked with health systems to develop post-live support strategies. Dr. Edwards has also assisted organizations in developing business requirements for population health, selecting population health software tools and developing analytics programs to support value-based payment initiatives.

Prior to joining The Chartis Group, Dr. Edwards led the Clinical Performance Solutions practice at Impact Advisors, a healthcare IT consultancy. During her tenure at Impact Advisors, she led development of practice methodology and was responsible for all operational activities as well as delivery leadership. She drove significant growth in service areas including physician leadership and clinical informatics, clinical optimization, and population health and analytics. Prior to assuming her role at Impact Advisors, Dr. Edwards served as Medical Director of Informatics for Bon Secours Health System where she had physician leadership responsibilities for EHR implementation and optimization as well as leadership responsibilities for primary care, patient-centered medical home and value-based care.

Dr. Edwards is a national speaker and thought leader on topics including clinical performance improvement, population health infrastructure and technology needs, change management and physician engagement. She has published numerous papers and has been frequently cited in industry media.

Dr. Edwards received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She went on to complete her Master of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University and is a Certified Physician Executive. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia where she graduated with honors. She is board certified in Family Practice through the American Board of Family Medicine and in Clinical Informatics through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

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