Skip to main content

RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group Announces Deputy IT Leader

Analysis  |  By Mandy Roth  
   January 18, 2021

Karen Marhefka, DHA, is appointed to help lead IT initiatives, including the expansion of virtual care, for the combined medical group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health, which includes 9,000 physicians.

Karen Marhefka, DHA, has been named deputy chief information officer and vice president of information technology for RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. The combined multi-specialty practice group includes some 9,000 physicians serving West Orange, New Jersey-based RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health, based in Newark, New Jersey. She has served in this role in an interim capacity since June 2020.

Marhefka will oversee the integrated medical group’s information technology vision, strategy, and execution and lead the effort to advance information technology performance. She will focus on overall quality, and using data and analytics to enhance the patient and provider experience, according to a news release. Her team will continue to introduce new digital technologies that allow for improved care delivery and increased access to care.

“As we continue expanding our telehealth and virtual care offerings, reliable and efficient information technology systems have become all the more vital,” said Andy Anderson, MD, CEof the combined medical group. “Our integrated medical group has become one of the largest provider consortia in the nation, and Dr. Marhefka’s leadership and IT experience will allow us to continue advancing patient care for the growing number of individuals we serve.” In 2018, RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health announced a $1 billion partnership to create a "world-class integrated academic health system."

Marhefka reports to Robert Irwin, senior vice president and chief information officer of RWJ Barnabas Health, and will also work closely with Anderson.

Prior to joining RWJBarnabas Health, Marhefka supported the system through her role at Impact Advisors, a health care technology consulting firm and strategic partner to RWJBarnabas Health. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in large health care organizations, working as a health information management officer and large group practice operations executive.

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest academic health care system in New Jersey, encompassing 11 acute care hospitals, three acute care children's hospitals and additional healthcare facilities.

“Our integrated medical group has become one of the largest provider consortia in the nation, and Dr. Marhefka’s leadership and IT experience will allow us to continue advancing patient care.”

Mandy Roth is the innovations editor at HealthLeaders.


Get the latest on healthcare leadership in your inbox.