Information Technology

With 11,000 constituents across nine campuses and a clinical partnership with the state’s largest health care system, Indiana University School of Medicine is a highly complex organization. The Office of Technology Affairs was created in 2019 to meet the school’s robust IT needs and to establish the school as a national leader in the innovative use of information technology.

The Office of Technology Affairs provides leadership and oversight of school-wide information systems, technologies, applications and services. It is committed to creating an IT environment that empowers faculty, staff and learners and supports IU School of Medicine’s mission to improve health in Indiana and beyond.

About the CIO

Rob Lowden is the inaugural chief information officer for Indiana University School of Medicine. An IT veteran with two decades of experience, Lowden has successfully introduced creative technology solutions to complex and large-scale organizations. As an executive associate dean, he also serves on the school’s executive leadership team.

Priorities

As CIO, Lowden is charged with developing a strategic IT vision for IU School of Medicine. To accomplish that, he is undertaking a comprehensive needs assessment that involves engaging key stakeholders from throughout the school and partner organizations. He has established several thematic priorities intended to guide decision making:

Experience

IU School of Medicine will provide preeminent IT service on all nine campuses and ensure faculty, staff and learners have access to reliable and innovative technologies that support and enhance teaching, learning, research and the delivery of patient care.

Security

The Office of Technology Affairs will develop and oversee policies and practices designed to protect institutional information and the school’s IT resources and to prevent security-related vulnerabilities. The school’s IT leadership and professionals will work collaboratively with colleagues at Indiana University, IU Health and other strategic partners to ensure IT alignment and implement shared approaches that safeguard data and mitigate risk.

Data

The Office of Technology Affairs will lead the integration and analysis of data to establish a culture of data-informed decision making and enable the school to effectively measure progress toward strategic goals. Working with key stakeholders, the office’s IT professionals will champion efforts that assist colleagues in not only accessing the sizeable resources of data available, but also in identifying the data that matter most and return great value to the mission of the organization.

Strategic Emphasis on IT

IU School of Medicine implemented the Office of Technology Affairs as part of a strategic priority to strengthen the school’s position as a national leader in the innovative use of information technology to advance medical research, education and service.