Chris Grasso serves as Fenway’s Chief Information Officer where she leads our Information Technology (IT), Clinical Applications, Database and Digital Research, Data Analytics, Telehealth, and Health Information Management (HIM) teams. In this critical role, Chris defines Fenway’s digital direction and works to build a future where anyone, anywhere can access the culturally competent, high-quality care offered at Fenway Health.
Grasso has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare, public health, research, and technology fields. Under her leadership, Fenway Health was an early adopter of Health Information Technology (HIT) and she has developed tools to improve data capture and support clinical decision-making. She has worked on numerous interoperability projects with both Fenway’s EHR vendor and other external partners. Grasso was instrumental in getting Sexual Orientation (SO) and Gender Identity (GI) fields integrated into Fenway’s EHR installation, which shaped the SOGI requirements for ONC 2015 EHR Certification and UDS SOGI reporting requirements. She has advised EHR vendors on incorporating SOGI questions into their products, as well as making their products more LGBTQIA+ inclusive.
Grasso participates on local and national advisory boards, provides consultation and technical assistance to federal agencies and health centers on HIT and data management. She has collaborated with external partners on developing and validating care cascades and treatment algorithms. She oversees Fenway’s participation in four national data registry research projects, whose funders include NIH and PCORI, where data are combined into a shared clinical database to evaluate patient outcomes in real-world settings. Grasso has co-authored over 40 publications and presented at national conferences. Under her direction, her department has provided data for over 200 combined grant applications, manuscripts, concept proposals, data analysis sets, and conference abstracts.
Grasso earned her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University and has worked at Fenway since 2003.