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John Halamka, M.D.


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John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee and a practicing Emergency Physician.

As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Eastern Massachusetts. As co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide. As co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee, he engages the stakeholders of the Commonwealth to guide the development of a statewide health information exchange.



I would argue that as we train our next generation of doctors, we're going to see a specialty called a Virtualist. Like a Hospitalist, but you're a virtualist. You can be anywhere to deliver the same care and you can get people in the home to be your hands and feet if need be.
The perfect storm for innovation is when government, academia and industry align. And there's a sense of urgency to change. This COVID new normal era has seen the rise of digital health and investment like we've never seen before in the life sciences. This isn't just a perfect storm for innovation. This is a once in two lifetimes opportunity to change.
We are going to look at the medical record of every COVID positive patient that has been tested in our organizations and we are actually going to start to look at characteristics about them. Who had a severe infection? What were the earliest signs? Can you predict severity based on early signs?”
If we are going to be ready for the pandemics of the future... we need situational awareness API’s using FHIR that enable our public health entities to say how many are immunized? How many ventilators do we need? What PPE do you need? All this stuff is not that hard to automate if you have a standard.
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