Vishal Bhatia is Capella Healthcare's new CMIO

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Vishal Bhatia, MD, MBA, has been appointed senior vice president and CMIO for Capella Healthcare, effective Jan. 1.

Bhatia has served as a consultant and physician advisor for Capella since 2014, leading the development of the company's evidence-based order set templates and physician documentation templates as well as assisting with implementation of CPOE and EMR. He is a board-certified internist who has been in practice at Capella's Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville, Ore., since 2006. He served most recently as medical director of the hospitalist program and has held numerous leadership roles at the hospital, including chair of the department of medicine.

Bhatia also serves on the Board of Willamette Valley Health Solutions, an accountable care organization, and is clinical assistant professor of internal medicine with Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. He earned his MD from Tver State Medical Academy in Tver, Russia, followed by an internship at Northern Railway Central Hospital in New Delhi, India. He completed a residency in internal medicine at The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Since then, he has earned an MBA with a focus on healthcare from George Washington University in Washington, DC.