Gartner Expert

Barry Runyon

VP Analyst

Barry Runyon is a healthcare provider analyst and researcher. His research agenda includes enterprise and point-of-care technologies and solutions such as interoperability, clinical communications and collaboration, nurse call, interactive patient care, vendor-neutral archives and an operational and technology framework called the real-time health system.

Roles and responsibility



IT Leadership

Clinical leadership

Previous experience

Mr. Runyon has held lead architect and technical management positions with both consulting and vendor organizations and has been in the IT field since 1978, both inside and outside of healthcare. He was involved very early in the development of the HL7 standard. Prior to joining Gartner, he served as the Chief Technology Officer at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Professional background

University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

Chief Technology Officer

United Parcel Service, Scottsdale, Arizona

Chief Architect - Logistics and B2B Technologies

Sunquest Information Systems

Director of Third-Party Integration

Areas of coverage

Healthcare EHR and Digital Care Delivery Optimization (retired)

Developing the IT Strategy for the Real-Time Health System (retired)

Healthcare Payment and Administrative Systems Modernization (retired)


M.A., University of Kentucky

B.S., Murray State University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1To use IT to improve the operational efficiency of the healthcare provider enterprise.

2To use IT to engage the patient and enhance the patient experience.

3To use IT to make healthcare affordable for the consumer and patient.

4To promote adoption of the real-time health system operational and technology framework.

5To help healthcare providers with their IT strategy and planning.