John D. Halamka, MD, MS
Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)
John D. Halamka, MD, MS is Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School,
Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief
Executive Officer of MA-SHARE, Chair of the New England Health Electronic
Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), Chief Information Officer of the Harvard
Clinical Research Institute (HCRI), and an Associate Professor of Emergency
Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he
received a degree in Medical Microbiology and a degree in Public Policy with a
focus on technology issues. While at Stanford he served as research assistant
to Dr. Edward Teller, Dr. Milton Friedman, and presidential candidate John B.
Anderson. He authored three books on technology related issues and formed a
software development firm, Ibis Research Labs, Inc. Additionally, he served as
a columnist for Infoworld, technical editor of Computer Language Magazine and
technology consultant to several startup companies.
In 1984, Dr. Halamka entered medical school at the University of California San
Francisco and simultaneously pursued graduate work in Bioengineering at the
University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine.
During medical school and graduate training, he continued his business
activities and developed Ibis Research Labs into a 25 person software
consultancy, specializing in medical and financial information interchange.
Ibis was sold to senior management in 1992.
Dr. Halamka served his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the Department
of Emergency Medicine. While at Harbor-UCLA he was an active member of the
information systems team and developed a hospital-wide knowledge base for
policies, procedures, and protocols. Further, he was instrumental in creating
an on-line medical record, a quality control system, and several systems for
medical education. His research focus during residency was building automated
triage tools for patients infected with HIV.
In 1996, Dr. Halamka joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and continues
to integrate his knowledge of medicine and technology focusing on the use of
the Internet to exchange clinical patient data. His research includes security
/ confidentiality issues, scalability issues, and implementation of standards
for exchange of administrative and clinical information. As a clinician as well
as researcher, Dr. Halamka uses these tools to improve the care of the patients
he treats in the Beth Israel Deaconess Emergency Department. He is also an
active teacher, lecturing on both medical and technology topics to the
students, residents, and faculty of Harvard and MIT.
As Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, he oversees all
educational, research and administrative including all electronic courseware
development. As Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess, he is
responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic
information technology serving 3000 doctors, 12000 employees and one million
As Chief Executive Officer of MA-SHARE, he oversees the Regional Healthcare
Information Organization in Massachusetts which develops clinical exchange
applications and policies. As Chair of NEHEN, he oversees the HIPAA
transactions exchanged among the payors and providers in New England As Chief
Information Officer of HCRI, he oversees the data management of clinical trials
associated with Harvard Medical School.