Executive Healthcare Strategist
Drex DeFord has broad experience as a senior healthcare executive, including a 20-year US Air Force officer, culminating as Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Health’s World-Wide Operations. After retiring from the military, he served as CIO at Scripps Health in San Diego, Seattle Children’s, and Steward Healthcare. He’s Past-Chair of CHIME’s Board of Trustees, and has served on the HIMSS National Board. Over the past several years -- as an independent consultant (and “Recovering-CIO”) -- he helped lead trusted health systems, payers, associations, vendors, and investors through their work on healthcare's toughest problems. In March 2021, he joined CrowdStrike as Executive Healthcare Strategist. He’s passionate about the mission to stop breaches, and better secure clinical, research, and healthcare business operations.