Speaker Biography
Joseph M. (Joe) Pleasant Jr., FHIMSS
Chief Information Officer
Premier Health Alliance, Inc.
Past Chairman
Coalition for Healthcare eStandards
Founding Member

Joseph M. (Joe) Pleasant is CIO and Senior Vice President of the Premier healthcare alliance, the nation's leading alliance of hospitals, health systems and other providers dedicated to improving healthcare performance. An alliance of more than 2,800 hospitals and health systems and more than 93,000 non-acute care sites, Premier uses the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. Premier's membership includes more than 40 percent of all U.S. health systems.

With the ultimate goal of helping its members improve the health of their local communities, Premier builds, tests and scales models that improve quality, safety and cost of care. Through successful initiatives such as the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration™ with CMS, and the QUEST®: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, the alliance has driven improvements in evidence-based care and safety, as well as significant reductions in mortality, harm and cost.

Premier is a leader in the accountable care movement, publishing first-of-its-kind research through the Commonwealth Fund on accountable care readiness and collaborating with hospitals nationwide to design an industry standard capabilities roadmap for designing, delivering and coordinating accountable care. In partnership with member hospitals and leading technology companies, Premier is co-developing a payor and provider data platform to enable health systems to make better decisions based on integrated cost and quality information across the continuum of care. Additionally, Premier's integrated data platform, PremierConnect™, allows health systems to access quality, safety, labor, supply chain, and population health analytic applications while also enabling collaboration and the exchange of best practices.

Prior to being appointed to his current position as CIO and Senior Vice President in charge of Premier's Information Systems, Mr. Pleasant served as Chief Administrative Officer of SunHealth, Inc., one of Premier's predecessor organizations.  During his 25 years with SunHealth, Mr. Pleasant held numerous positions that included senior management consultant, relationship manager for owners in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, senior Human Resources executive and CIO. 

In his current position as CIO, Mr. Pleasant oversees Premier's information systems infrastructure that includes legacy, enterprise, and web enabled offerings.

Mr. Pleasant is past chairman and a founding member of the Coalition for Healthcare eStandards (CHeS), a fellow member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and a founding member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Pleasant is a leading industry expert and proponent of a unique device identification system (UDI) for medical devices and products. He has worked extensively with all participants in the supply chain – from providers to distributors and manufacturers – in efforts to move the industry toward a universal product numbering system.

Pleasant is involved in national efforts to improve the health care supply chain and serves on the boards of GS1US and 1WorldSync and is a member of the GS1Global healthcare leadership team. He is on the Board of Advisors of the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at N.C. State University.

Pleasant is a cum laude engineering graduate of North Carolina State University and holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina.