Elaine Fontaine

Director, Data Quality & Analytics
Rhode Island Quality Institute
Elaine Fontaine received an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Nutritional Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1985. After working as a nutritionist for two years, she transitioned to an academic setting, working in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at The Miriam Hospital, a Brown University affiliate, where she for seven years she gained experience as a research assistant, data manager and computer network manager. While at The Miriam, she co-authored five research papers. In 1994 she took a position as the network administrator at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (NHPRI), a Medicaid Managed Care Plan, where as the tenth employee, she helped to build the organization from the grown up. Over a nine-year period at NHPRI, her skills and experience led her to the role of Chief Information Officer. After a short period of independent consulting, she was recruited in 2005 to UMass Memorial Healthcare (UMMHC) as the Director of Medical Management Operations, where she was responsible for negotiating, monitoring and managing pay-for-performance contract incentives with commercial payers worth over $75M to the organization. Additionally, in her nine-year tenure at UMMHC, she oversaw the early development of their Patient-Centered Medial Home initiative. Returning to Rhode Island in 2014, she currently serves as Director of Data Quality and Analytics for the Rhode Island Quality Institute, where she is responsible for developing and implementing an advanced analytics strategy to maximize the value of Rhode Island’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) community data assets to promote the triple aim.


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