Melissa Martin has been named associate vice president, privacy and enterprise information management, and chief privacy officer of health information management (HIM) for WVU Medicine, effective immediately.

In her new role, Martin will serve as the direct supervisor of chief privacy officers and Health Information Management directors throughout the WVU Medicine system. She will be responsible for developing and executing programs to improve health system information resources and leading the implementation and operations of system-wide enterprise information management, and privacy and information governance programs. One of her duties will be to develop guidelines for the use of health information data within the system.

Martin will also be responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of the WVU Medicine Information Governance Steering Committee and its standing and ad hoc committees and workgroups.  

“This new position combines the essential components that enable WVU Medicine to leverage our quality, patient safety, and health promotion standards with appropriate documentation,” said Dan Martich, M.D., chief medical officer and president of physician services. “Melissa brings subject matter expertise, national prominence, and dedication to WVU Medicine's mission to this vital role."

Martin first joined WVU Hospitals in 1990.

She is president and chair of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), representing more than 100,000 members. She was formerly on the AHIMA board of directors and was a past president and distinguished member of the West Virginia HIMA.

Martin earned her bachelor’s degree from WVU in 1995 and is pursuing a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) at WVU. She plans to graduate in 2016.

Christine Metheny succeeds Martin as the director of HIM and chief privacy officer for Ruby Memorial Hospital.