NCDIT Names New Chief Data Officer

Christie Burris will become the state’s chief data officer and director of the N.C. Government Data Analytics Center at the retirement of Carol Burroughs at the end of the year.

Carol Burroughs retired as the state’s chief data officer and director of the N.C. Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC) at the end of the year. Christie Burris, currently the executive director of the N.C. Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA), will assume the role of chief data officer and GDAC director effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Since joining NCDIT in 2014, Burroughs has championed a culture of ensuring the privacy and compliance of state data and has led statewide development of enterprise data strategies, including management, privacy and governance across all platforms. She has also guided the state's use of integrated data to support public safety, fraud, compliance, health care, finance, and performance and policy decision analysis.

Burroughs helped establish GDAC and the NC HIEA and served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Performance Management. She also led development of the award-winning NC eLink, which links data across state agencies to help them more effectively provide services.

As the state’s new chief data officer, Burris will continue to apply her knowledge of data governance, data sharing and data analytics. She has served as a leader at NCDIT for seven years, overseeing the ongoing strategy to develop a mature and modernized state-designated health information exchange, known as NC HealthConnex. Under Burris’ leadership, NC HealthConnex has seen a five-fold increase in participants and strengthened partnerships with other state agencies and the private sector for the exchange of health care data to support patient-centered care.

Burris has overseen two technology platform upgrades, a comprehensive security assessment and the development of population health and analytic services to support the health care community. In addition, she led NC HIEA in supporting health care providers to meet the state mandate for data connections.

Leadership will support to ensure continuity of operations for NC HealthConnex until a new executive director is named.