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HITSP Chair Dr. Halamka Named Among Top 100 Most Influential in IT

New York, Apr 30, 2007

Dr. John D. Halamka, chair of the ANSI-administered Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT in an eWEEK special report.

Heralded as a pioneer in electronic health records and other health IT initiatives, Halamka took the spotlight with other major trailblazers, from the inventor of the Internet to the creators of Google.

As chair of the HITSP, which operates under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Halamka is leading the panel’s charge to achieve widely accepted and readily implemented consensus-based standards that will enable widespread interoperability within a nationwide health information network for the United States. In October 2006, the HITSP delivered to the American Health Information Community (AHIC) its first set of recommended standards in the areas of electronic health records, biosurveillance, and consumer empowerment.

“We are truly excited to see John recognized among the foremost leaders in IT,” said Frances Schrotter, HITSP program director and ANSI senior vice-president and chief operating officer. “Under his expert guidance and leadership, the panel is making great strides in supporting the national health information network. He is an outstanding asset to the healthcare IT industry, but we will all benefit from the output of his efforts.”

In addition to his role as HITSP chair, Dr. Halamka is chief information officer and an associate professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief information officer at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, chief executive officer of MA-SHARE, chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), and chief information officer of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute (HCRI).

As CIO at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Halamka directs all educational, research and administrative development. At Beth Israel Deaconess, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving three thousand doctors, twelve thousand employees and one million patients. At MA-SHARE, he oversees the Regional Healthcare Information Organization in Massachusetts, and as chairman of NEHEN, Halamka manages the HIPAA transactions exchanged among the payers and providers in New England. At HCRI, he oversees the data management of clinical trials associated with Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Halamka received a degree in medical microbiology and a degree in public policy with a focus on technology issues from Stanford University. In 1984, he 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 his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Halamka was instrumental in creating an online medical record, a quality control system, and several systems for medical education.

Dr. Halamka’s full bio is available here.

Individuals highlighted in the eWEEK special report were selected based upon their tangible track record of IT success; the scope of their influence beyond their own organization; their ability to effect change; and their level of engagement in developing emerging technologies.

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