Arkansas Children’s promoted long-time system leader Erin Parker, MBA, CHC, CHPC, CHRC to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Parker, who had served as interim in the role since July, brings to the position a deep knowledge of the state’s only pediatric health system, as well as dynamic leadership experience and a track record of driving culture, strategic development and compliance.

Parker will be responsible for building partnerships while leading the organization’s focus on systems security, infrastructure and digital initiatives that make healthcare more accessible and seamless for workforce, providers and patients and their caregivers. She will lead a division of more than 200 team members, drawing on her experience designing and implementing compliance initiatives with the system’s electronic health record.

Parker has most recently served as vice president/system compliance officer for Arkansas Children’s, capping 14 years of progressive leadership roles with the system. She has developed work plans building on the system’s mission of making children better today and healthier tomorrow, including planning, implementing and maintaining effective compliance practices for the system’s hospitals and clinics statewide.

Parker started as a volunteer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock in 2001, and joined the team in a professional capacity when an internal audit position opened in 2006. Parker’s 14-year tenure at Arkansas Children’s has also included service as the system’s HIPAA privacy officer and corporate compliance director.

Parker holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a bachelor’s in professional accountancy from Ouachita Baptist University. She is certified in health care compliance (CHC) and healthcare privacy compliance (CHPC), and she is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Chief Information Officer cohort.

Arkansas Children's Inc. is a system in Arkansas solely dedicated to caring for that state's more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs.