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John Halamka

Physician and Medical IT Expert

Clinician, CIO, and healthcare information technology innovator John Halamka is particularly focused on electronic health records and the related issues of privacy and security. He says in his blog that his goal is to build software and workflow processes that are simple enough to permit healthcare providers to keep their attention on treating patients—and he practices what he preaches. Halamka, who says his grandmother’s death was the result of a medical record error, has a chip implanted in his arm that provides access to his personal medical records as well as hospital equipment.

Halamka is the CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, CIO at Harvard Medical School, chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), cochair of the HIT Standards Committee, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing emergency physician. He has undergraduate degrees in medical microbiology and public policy from Stanford University. While in medical school at the University of California San Francisco, he pursued graduate work in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine.


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