Joel Brownell, MD, is a pediatrician as well as vice president, chief medical information officer, at Children’s Hospital Central California. In his administrative role, Dr. Brownell’s responsibility includes oversight of the interdisciplinary Clinical Informatics department focused on leading the organization through the transition to electronic workflow. As these transitions are completed, the focus turns toward leveraging the new tools for improved quality, safety and efficiency of care.
Board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Brownell joined Children’s Hospital in 2000 and served as the medical director and a pediatrician at the Charlie Mitchell Children’s Clinic (complex primary care) for seven years.
In 2008, he became chief medical information officer in addition to taking on duties as a pediatric hospitalist. He helped lead the implementation of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in 2011, and has been instrumental in the Hospital’s ongoing electronic documentation, prescription management, patient portal efforts and more.
Dr. Brownell has participated in numerous committees, and currently leads the Medical Staff’s Health Information Management (HIM) Committee.
Dr. Brownell received his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California, Davis Department of Pediatrics. He is a member of Specialty Medical Group.
In his free time, Dr. Brownell enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, traveling, snowboarding and other outdoor activities.