Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Announces New Vice President of Data and Information Systems

Julianna T. Cole, MBA, will lead ACCME’s strategic technology initiatives to benefit the continuing education community

Julie ColeThe Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce Julianna (Julie) T. Cole, MBA, as the new Vice President of Data and Information Systems. Ms. Cole is a technology executive with more than 20 years of experience advancing the strategic use of technology in public, private, nonprofit, and startup organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Ms. Cole received her BA in Computer Science/Management Information Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, her MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois, and an executive certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA. In addition, Ms. Cole holds credentials as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified SCRUM Master (CSM).

In the newly created position of Vice President of Data and Information Systems, Ms. Cole works with ACCME’s executive staff and Board of Directors to fulfill ACCME’s strategic goal to advance data systems. She oversees efforts to improve the value and quality of ACCME’s data, enabling the ACCME to promote engagement in accredited continuing education and best serve a wide range of stakeholders including continuing education providers, clinician-learners, accreditors, certifying and licensing authorities, researchers, and government agencies.

“I am excited to join the ACCME and to help it realize the vision of data products that reflect the values of the continuing education community in pursuit of healthcare improvements. I look forward to making a positive impact and working with this highly collaborative team.”—Julie Cole, MBA, Vice President of Data and Information Systems, ACCME

“We are delighted to welcome Julie to our ACCME team and the continuing education community. With her expertise, leadership, and vision, we will leverage the power of data to benefit continuing education providers and clinician-learners, promote the value of accredited continuing education, and strengthen our collaborations with stakeholders nationally and internationally.”—Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, responsible for accrediting organizations that offer continuing medical education (CME) and for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors of local CME programs. The ACCME is a cofounder of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. 

The ACCME sets standards for CME that reflect the values of the educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change, and champion improvement in healthcare. These standards ensure that accredited CME is designed to be relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of their patients. 

Accredited CME facilitates engagement with physicians and healthcare teams where they live, learn, and work. There are approximately 1,700 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System, across the country and internationally, representing a range of organizations including medical schools, hospitals/health systems, government/military agencies, specialty societies, and insurance/managed-care companies. Accredited providers offer about 180,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 36 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals. 

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