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CIO Nominated As CIO of the Year

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 by The Children's Institute

Databases? Shared resources?

Sharon Dorogy, who has led The Children’s Institute’s information systems team for nearly 25 years, remembers when three people would come to a meeting with three different print-outs of data on the same topic, and when “voicemail” meant home-style phone answering machines on specific people’s desks.

“The whole concept of a source (Data Repository/Data Warehouse) system started that many years ago,” Sharon said. “We were tackling the hard stuff – ‘How do you get the information, that documentation?’ Coming from paper was a monumental task, but we did it.”

Sharon’s accomplishments don’t end there. In addition to shoring up the organization in advance of Y2K, she oversaw the creation of two EMRs, or Electronic Medical Record systems, and a third selection is set to launch soon.

She will be recognized tonight for her accomplishments, when Pittsburgh Technology Council names its CIO of the Year. Sharon is nominated as CIO of the Year in the nonprofit category. But she says she shares her nomination with the people of The Children’s Institute.

“That technology piece is always being considered here – and I think that speaks to our board, our administration, our IT team and our users,” she said. “Through it all, there’s never been a time where someone on the board, where someone in the administration, said no to technology, or said, ‘Let’s take two steps back.’”

To illustrate, Sharon pointed to our work with telepresence, which facilitates everything from Day School IEPs to medical sessions to Project STAR family planning meetings, and more. Also, she said enthusiastically, a school information system will launch at the start of the next school year.

“I think it’s exciting work – and I’ve had great mentors along the way,” Sharon said.

That was particularly relevant to her as a woman, a group typically under-represented in high-tech fields. Sharon remembers one mentor, Zona Vito, telling her when she was a young student at her vocational school about working mostly among men in high-tech.

“Women traditionally were not in the computer industry – she was my inspiration,” Sharon said. “At her job, they actually called her ‘George.’ It wasn’t acceptable for women to be in the field.”

To that end, Sharon said she’s pleased tonight’s event benefits Red Chair, a group that tries to level the playing field for women in high-tech sectors.

Steve Wirth, president and CEO of synergIT Inc., a Pittsburgh firm, called Sharon a strong leader for her team who stresses accountability and delivering projects on time and on budget.

“I believe this is the perfect forum for her to be recognized and honored for her years of dedication, vision and passion for the success of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh,” he wrote, in his nominating letter to Pittsburgh Technology Council. “She upholds a standard of excellence that is respected and appreciated throughout the community.”

Finalists in tonight’s event were judged by a committee of Pittsburgh Technology Council members and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group.

“Pittsburgh is home to some of the brightest tech minds in the world leading technology strategies across companies of all sizes and industries,” said tech council president and CEO Audrey Russo. “It is important to take a night to celebrate their accomplishments, innovation and leadership. Congratulations to the finalists and winners.”

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