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May 2016 | Volume 4 Issue 2

Healthcare CIO Harun Rashid's career journey

When he doesn't have his IT thinking cap on and when he's not thinking about how to improve healthcare around the world, healthcare CIO Harun Rashid can most likely be found on the soccer field playing left forward; otherwise known as the striker. Although soccer may be his hobby, there's no denying that technology is Rashid's passion. When Rashid -- the vice president of Global Health Services and CIO of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) -- was 17 years old, he already knew what he wanted to do with his life. He wanted a career in technology. "I remember having a conversation with my dad about the fact that I had such a big interest in technology," Rashid, who has been a healthcare CIO for 20 years, said. "I always loved technology and how it impacted … different aspects of our life." Harun Rashid Growing up in Kuwait, he explained, helped him see that going into the information technology field meant he could get a job anywhere because: "Whether you're in a developed world or ...

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