Gary Christensen

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information, Officer Rhode Island Quality Institute


Gary A. Christensen has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer of Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) since 2009. He directs program and Institute operations using best practice disciplines, and drives business goals through health IT innovation. He has nearly two decades of IT and operations leadership experience in domestic and global financial services, during which he served as divisional CIO for businesses at Capital One Financial, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Christensen was named one of InformationWeek Healthcare’s 25 CIOs Transforming HealthCare in May 2012. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University.  Rhode Island Quality Institute is a center of collaborative innovation that drives healthcare transformation to improve the health delivery system and health outcomes. The Institute’s mission is to improve the quality, safety and value of healthcare in Rhode Island and to share knowledge that advances the field of healthcare improvement. RIQI applies transformative measures to drive evolution of the healthcare system. Key initiatives are identified by aligning leading‐edge healthcare improvement strategies with needs and opportunities in the community. RIQI maintains high‐level partnerships with healthcare leaders, business / employers, consumers and State government to build consensus around our strategic focus. Together with the healthcare community, the Institute pioneers solutions with health information technology (HIT), quality improvement science and quality measurement/reporting. As the Governor‐designated Regional Health Information Organization for Rhode Island, RIQI operates CurrentCare, RI’s statewide HIE, as well as the RI Regional Extension Center (REC) and the RI Beacon Community Program.