Vice President, Patient Access, Healthcare Transformation and Digital Health
Dr. Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN is the Vice President for Virtual Care & Innovation for Ascension's Texas Ministry at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin. She is nationally recongized for successfully increasing access to high-quality, low-cost healthcare for thousands of patients through virtual care models such as telehealth and remote patient monitoring. She spent the last twenty years of her career at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) where she held dual appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing. A few of her accomplishments include: 2015 Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women; 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow, the 2014 Mississippi Nurses Association's (MNA) Nurse Innovator of the Year, 2012 MNA Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year, and voted an "Edge Runner" by the American Academy of Nurses.
Dr. Henderson has spent her career as an innovator, educator, researcher and clinician. Her focus has primarily been on improving and coordinating the health care delivery system with the utilization of technology (telehealth) and Nurse Practitioners for improved access and coordination of care. In Mississippi, she led the development of a statewide Telehealth Program, which is recognized as a national model. Dr. Henderson has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on "Advancing Telehealth through Connectivity" as well as the Subcommittee on Rural Health and the White House Domestic Policy Council. She has made numerous presentations on telehealth across the country to advance telehealth policy and practice, including giving a TEDx talk in November 2014 and being selected to speak at the 2016 SXSW event in Austin. She is regularly consulted by other state health care leaders, politicians, physicians, nurses, journalists and members of the academic community.
Some of her leadership roles include service as board member of the American Telemedicine Association, Executive Director of the Mississippi Telehealth Association, Mississippi Health Information Network’s Board of Directors, Mississippi Healthcare Solutions Institute and the State Workforce Investment Board. Dr. Henderson is also a Fellow in the Emergency Nurses Association. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her master’s degree in nursing, from the Mississippi University for Women, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.