Director of North Dakota Health Information Technology (HIT)

Dr. Shila Blend became the Health Information Technology Director of North Dakota April 2019.  She is responsible for overseeing the Health Information Network (NDHIN), the health information exchange for North Dakota. The system enables sharing of health information by connecting electronic health record systems, delivering a seamless, secure way for doctors and patients to make more informed health care decisions at any time, from anywhere.

Shila is a board-certified registered nurse and has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Medcenter One College of Nursing, a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Mary and a Ph.D. with a focus on health systems from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.  She brings more than a decade of experience leading people and projects in the health information technology space, including patient care and implementation of software and statewide programs.  Her leadership experience includes significant stakeholder engagement with state, local and tribal partners as well as health care associations, emergency management and legislative members.  Shila is a systems thinker who is passionate about improving our rural health care systems for the citizens of North Dakota.