Mark Bell is an accomplished information technology executive with skills to design and implement solutions for a wide variety of healthcare needs. He has represented hospitals in numerous statewide initiatives involving technology, healthcare data, security, governance, advocacy, and policy.
Prior to joining HMA, Mark served for 20 years as chief information officer for a statewide healthcare association and has implemented numerous programs in public health, telemedicine, broadband, and data governance in North Carolina. He has built several health information exchanges, helped establish the premier real-time syndromic surveillance system in the country, and was the architect for a statewide telepsychiatry network to provide care to 80 hospital emergency departments using EHR Meaningful Use standards.
Mark has authored or co-authored a dozen books about information technology, including operating system platforms, multimedia, and internet services. He is focused on information services operations using Lean process improvement methods and Agile development techniques.
Mark earned a master’s degree in religion from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in humanities from Middle Tennessee State University. He served in the US Naval Reserve and has been a volunteer firefighter. In 2015, he was elected to the Town Board of Commissioners of Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he is a delegate to several boards and commissions regarding tourism and economic development, water and sewer infrastructure, solid waste and recycling, and regional transportation. He also is a member of the advisory boards for the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management degree program at East Carolina University, as well as the NC Telehealth Network.
When not volunteering for his community, Mark enjoys learning old-time banjo tunes and preserving a pre-Revolutionary War home with his family in historic Hillsborough, North Carolina.