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John David Halamka, M.D.

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Biography
1980
National Merit Scholarship
1983
Phi Beta Kappa
1984
Sigma Pi Alpha
1996
Commendation for Service
1997
Best Presentation Award
1997
Martin J. Epstein Award
2007
CIO of the Year
2010
CIO of the Year
2011
50 Most Influential Technologists of the Past 50 Years
2011
#1 Healthcare IT organization in the US

Overview
"Connecting Payers, Providers and Patients" is the title I give to many of my lectures around the world. The last decade of my life has been dedicated to the technology and policy that enables information exchange among clinical, educational and administrative stakeholders. This has given me the opportunity to teach extraordinarily diverse audiences, ranging from medical students to international policy makers. My clinical background and my multiple roles as a teacher have enabled me to implement innovative technologies in local, regional, national, and international settings.

As the CIO of CareGroup, my work has leveraged the web to exchange medical records securely among the 5 hospitals of CareGroup. Today, the clinicians of CareGroup deliver personalized care to each patient using web applications such as webOMR and Provider Order Entry. Patients use PatientSite 40,000 times a month to lookup their results and interact with their providers. Patientsite is the testbed for new personal health record innovations from Microsoft and Google. CareGroup has been recognized as national leader in healthcare IT and our innovations have been widely adopted throughout the country.

As the CIO of Harvard Medical School, my work has focused on using the web to build communities throughout the Quad and NRB via data sharing, collaborative applications, and high performance computing. We launched Mycourses in 2001 as the HMS platform for multimedia courseware, simulation, and course administration. In 2008, the Harvard Catalyst team and my IT team implemented the next generation of web applications to support the Clinical and Translational Science Awards. These systems, called Profiles and SHRINE, bring access to people, expertise, and clinical data from all HMS affiliates, ensuring that every researcher can leverage the resources of the community. We have open sourced this software and it is now widely implemented throughout the country.

As Chair of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network, my early work focused on connecting the payers and providers of the state to reduce administrative costs. Today, 100 million transactions are exchanged among 42 organizations each year. NEHEN has expanded to encompass 90% of the healthcare transactions in Massachusetts, has been extended to other states, and is the foundation of the regional data exchange efforts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

As the CIO of Harvard Clinical Research, my early work focused on building a clinical trials platform that could support all the data management needs of a Harvard-wide clinical research organization. Today, HRCI is profitable and conducting numerous clinical trials on a highly reliable infrastructure.

As CEO of MA-Share, my work has focused on creating clinical gateways for secure data exchange among providers in the state. For the past 3 years, Massachusetts has been the leading e=Prescriber in the country, using the MA-Share RxGateway to connect clinicians and pharmacies electronically. MA-Share has connected the clinical systems of BIDMC, Children's, and Atrius to ensure continuity of care as patients leave the hospital or emergency department and seek follow-up with their primary care giver. In 2009, MA-Share merged with NEHEN to form a single healthcare information exchange for the state of Massachusetts.

As Chair of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel, my work has focused on harmonizing the electronic data standards for personal health records, electronic health records, public health reporting, biosurveillance, and medication management. In 2008, Secretary Leavitt officially recognized HITSP Harmonized standards as required for Federal procurement. HITSP’s work served as the foundation for the data standards required in ARRA.

With a change in administration Washington, a new Federal Advisory Committee was created to guide electronic health record standards and security efforts, the HIT Standards Committee. I serve as co-Chair. The efforts of HITSP and the HIT Standards Committee became the criteria for allocating $27 Billion in ARRA stimulus incentives for healthcare IT.

2011 will be the most pivotal year for healthcare IT in the history of the US, with acceleration of electronic health records, data exchange, decision support, clinical research, and informatics innovations. I look forward to leveraging my local, regional, national, and international experiences to lead many aspects of this transformation.

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  1. Vaidyam AN, Wisniewski H, Halamka JD, Kashavan MS, Torous JB. Chatbots and Conversational Agents in Mental Health: A Review of the Psychiatric Landscape. Can J Psychiatry. 2019 Mar 21; 706743719828977. PMID: 30897957.
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  2. Blease C, Kaptchuk TJ, Bernstein MH, Mandl KD, Halamka JD, DesRoches CM. Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Primary Care: Exploratory Qualitative Study of UK General Practitioners' Views. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Mar 20; 21(3):e12802. PMID: 30892270.
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  3. Goldenholz DM, Goldenholz SR, Krishnamurthy KB, Halamka J, Karp B, Tyburski M, Wendler D, Moss R, Preston KL, Theodore W. Using mobile location data in biomedical research while preserving privacy. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018 Oct 01; 25(10):1402-1406. PMID: 29889279.
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  4. Feldman H, Kamali P, Lin SJ, Halamka JD. Clinical 3D printing: A protected health information (PHI) and compliance perspective. Int J Med Inform. 2018 07; 115:18-23. PMID: 29779716.
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  5. Nwaru BI, Friedman C, Halamka J, Sheikh A. Can learning health systems help organisations deliver personalised care? BMC Med. 2017 10 02; 15(1):177. PMID: 28965492.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Halamka JD, Tripathi M. The HITECH Era in Retrospect. N Engl J Med. 2017 Sep 07; 377(10):907-909. PMID: 28877012.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    
  7. Chambers M, Halamka J, Probst M. The challenges are getting tougher. Mod Healthc. 2017 04; 47(14):16, 18-22. PMID: 30452822.
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  8. Francis L, Vorwaller MA, Aboumatar H, Frosch DL, Halamka J, Rozenblum R, Rubin E, Lee BS, Sugarman J, Turner K, Brown SM. A Clinician's Guide to Privacy and Communication in the ICU. Crit Care Med. 2017 Mar; 45(3):480-485. PMID: 27922454.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Schwamm LH, Chumbler N, Brown E, Fonarow GC, Berube D, Nystrom K, Suter R, Zavala M, Polsky D, Radhakrishnan K, Lacktman N, Horton K, Malcarney MB, Halamka J, Tiner AC. Recommendations for the Implementation of Telehealth in Cardiovascular and Stroke Care: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017 Feb 14; 135(7):e24-e44. PMID: 27998940.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Kalenderian E, Halamka JD, Spallek H. An EHR with Teeth. Appl Clin Inform. 2016; 7(2):425-9. PMID: 27437051.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Brown SM, Aboumatar HJ, Francis L, Halamka J, Rozenblum R, Rubin E, Sarnoff Lee B, Sugarman J, Turner K, Vorwaller M, Frosch DL. Balancing digital information-sharing and patient privacy when engaging families in the intensive care unit. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 09; 23(5):995-1000. PMID: 26984048.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Halamka J, Chmátal P. [Massive small intestine bleeding: CT-angiography and surgical treatment - a case report]. Rozhl Chir. 2015 Apr; 94(4):174-6. PMID: 25866105.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Halamka JD. Early experiences with big data at an academic medical center. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Jul; 33(7):1132-8. PMID: 25006138.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Baker DB, Perlin JB, Halamka J. Evaluating and classifying the readiness of technology specifications for national standardization. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 May; 22(3):738-43. PMID: 24872342.
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  15. Cimino JJ, Frisse ME, Halamka J, Sweeney L, Yasnoff W. Consumer-mediated health information exchanges: the 2012 ACMI debate. J Biomed Inform. 2014 Apr; 48:5-15. PMID: 24561078.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Halamka JD. Health information exchange for emergency department care is on the right trajectory. Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Jul; 62(1):25-7. PMID: 23711879.
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  17. Nagata T, Halamka J, Himeno S, Himeno A, Kennochi H, Hashizume M. Using a cloud-based electronic health record during disaster response: a case study in Fukushima, March 2011. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013 Aug; 28(4):383-7. PMID: 23731545.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Halamka JD. Connecting patients, providers, and payers improves quality, safety and efficiency. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Feb; 28(2):167-8. PMID: 23288375.
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  19. McInnes DK, Brown JA, Hays RD, Gallagher P, Ralston JD, Hugh M, Kanter M, Serrato CA, Cosenza C, Halamka J, Ding L, Cleary PD. Development and evaluation of CAHPS questions to assess the impact of health information technology on patient experiences with ambulatory care. Med Care. 2012 Nov; 50 Suppl:S11-9. PMID: 23064271.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Chute CG, Huff SM, Ferguson JA, Walker JM, Halamka JD. There are important reasons for delaying implementation of the new ICD-10 coding system. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Apr; 31(4):836-42. PMID: 22442180.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    
  21. Nielsen AS, Halamka JD, Kinkel RP. Internet portal use in an academic multiple sclerosis center. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Jan-Feb; 19(1):128-33. PMID: 21571744.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Phansalkar S, Wright A, Kuperman GJ, Vaida AJ, Bobb AM, Jenders RA, Payne TH, Halamka J, Bloomrosen M, Bates DW. Towards meaningful medication-related clinical decision support: recommendations for an initial implementation. Appl Clin Inform. 2011; 2(1):50-62. PMID: 23616860.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    
  23. Melnick ER, Nielson JA, Finnell JT, Bullard MJ, Cantrill SV, Cochrane DG, Halamka JD, Handler JA, Holroyd BR, Kamens D, Kho A, McClay J, Shapiro JS, Teich J, Wears RL, Patel SJ, Ward MF, Richardson LD. Delphi consensus on the feasibility of translating the ACEP clinical policies into computerized clinical decision support. Ann Emerg Med. 2010 Oct; 56(4):317-20. PMID: 20363531.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Halamka JD. Making the most of federal health information technology regulations. Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Apr; 29(4):596-600. PMID: 20368587.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    
  25. Wright A, Phansalkar S, Bloomrosen M, Jenders RA, Bobb AM, Halamka JD, Kuperman G, Payne TH, Teasdale S, Vaida AJ, Bates DW. Best Practices in Clinical Decision Support: the Case of Preventive Care Reminders. Appl Clin Inform. 2010; 1(3):331-345. PMID: 21991299.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    
  26. Halamka JD. Your medical information in the digital age. Harv Bus Rev. 2009 Jul-Aug; 87(7-8):22, 24. PMID: 19630255.
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  27. Halamka J. My hopes and expectations for the next year. Health Manag Technol. 2009 Apr; 30(4):10-1. PMID: 19405420.
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  28. Halamka JD. Making smart investments in health information technology: core principles. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):w385-9. PMID: 19273815.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Halamka J. IT winners and losers in 2009. Health Manag Technol. 2009 Jan; 30(1):8. PMID: 19181078.
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  30. Halamka J. Embracing change. Health Manag Technol. 2008 Dec; 29(12):32, 31. PMID: 19137931.
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  31. Halamka J. John Halamka, M.D., MS. CIO, CareGroup Healthcare System. Health Manag Technol. 2008 Aug; 29(8):10-1. PMID: 18712030.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Levine M, Adida B, Mandl K, Kohane I, Halamka J. What are the benefits and risks of fitting patients with radiofrequency identification devices. PLoS Med. 2007 Nov 27; 4(11):e322. PMID: 18044979.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Halamka JD, Mandl KD, Tang PC. Early experiences with personal health records. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2008 Jan-Feb; 15(1):1-7. PMID: 17947615.
    Citations: 82     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Halamka J, Fournier GA. MA-SHARE MedsInfo-ED medication history pilot. Am J Med Qual. 2006 Sep-Oct; 21(5):296-8. PMID: 16973943.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    
  35. Halamka J, Juels A, Stubblefield A, Westhues J. The security implications of VeriChip cloning. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2006 Nov-Dec; 13(6):601-7. PMID: 16929037.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Halamka JD. Patients should have to opt out of national electronic care records: AGAINST. BMJ. 2006 Jul 01; 333(7557):41-2. PMID: 16821279.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Halamka J. On the road to RHIOs. Health Manag Technol. 2006 Jun; 27(6):8, 10. PMID: 16796225.
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  38. Halamka JD. Health information technology: shall we wait for the evidence? Ann Intern Med. 2006 May 16; 144(10):775-6. PMID: 16702595.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    
  39. Halamka J, Aranow M, Ascenzo C, Bates DW, Berry K, Debor G, Fefferman J, Glaser J, Heinold J, Stanley J, Stone DL, Sullivan TE, Tripathi M, Wilkinson B. E-Prescribing collaboration in Massachusetts: early experiences from regional prescribing projects. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2006 May-Jun; 13(3):239-44. PMID: 16501174.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Simons WW, Halamka JD, Kohane IS, Nigrin D, Finstein N, Mandl KD. Integration of the personally controlled electronic medical record into regional inter-regional data exchanges: a national demonstration. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006; 1099. PMID: 17238718.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. DeBor G, Diamond C, Grodecki D, Halamka J, Overhage JM, Shirky C. A tale of three cities--where RHIOS meet the NHIN. J Healthc Inf Manag. 2006; 20(3):63-70. PMID: 16903663.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Halamka J. The perfect storm for electronic health records. J Healthc Inf Manag. 2006; 20(3):25-7. PMID: 16903658.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Halamka JD. Harmonizing healthcare data standards. J Healthc Inf Manag. 2006; 20(4):11-3. PMID: 17091782.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  44. Halamka J. Early experiences with positive patient identification. J Healthc Inf Manag. 2006; 20(1):25-7. PMID: 16429955.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Halamka J. Early experiences with E-prescribing. J Healthc Inf Manag. 2006; 20(2):12-4. PMID: 16669580.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  46. Virk P, Bates DW, Halamka J, Fournier GA, Rothschild JM. Analyzing transaction workflows in an ePrescribing system. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006; 1129. PMID: 17238748.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  47. Halamka J, Overhage JM, Ricciardi L, Rishel W, Shirky C, Diamond C. Exchanging health information: local distribution, national coordination. Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Sep-Oct; 24(5):1170-9. PMID: 16162560.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    
  48. Halamka J. Straight from the shoulder. N Engl J Med. 2005 Jul 28; 353(4):331-3. PMID: 16049206.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. Halamka J, Aranow M, Ascenzo C, Bates D, Debor G, Glaser J, Goroll A, Stowe J, Tripathi M, Vineyard G. Health care IT collaboration in Massachusetts: the experience of creating regional connectivity. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2005 Nov-Dec; 12(6):596-601. PMID: 16049225.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Halamka J. [Electronic health record and revolution of clinical information technology current status and future impact]. Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2005 Jun 15; 85(22):1513-5. PMID: 16179105.
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  51. Halamka J. Matchmaking. An interview with John Halamka on linking patient records regionally. J AHIMA. 2005 Apr; 76(4):42-3. PMID: 15871468.
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  52. McClennen S, Halamka JD, Horowitz GL, Kannam JP, Ho KK. Clinical prevalence and ramifications of false-positive cardiac troponin I elevations from the Abbott AxSYM Analyzer. Am J Cardiol. 2003 May 01; 91(9):1125-7. PMID: 12714162.
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  53. Haukoos JS, Witt MD, Zeumer CM, Lee TJ, Halamka JD, Lewis RJ. Emergency department triage of patients infected with HIV. Acad Emerg Med. 2002 Sep; 9(9):880-8. PMID: 12208676.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Halamka J. A winning combination. Health Manag Technol. 2002 Aug; 23(8):20-1. PMID: 12192814.
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  55. Golan I, Baumert U, Muessig D. The etiologic factor of cleidocranial dysplasia. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2001 Sep; 108(3):469. PMID: 11544473.
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  56. Rotmensch S, Celentano C, Elliger N, Sadan O, Lehman D, Golan A, Glezerman M. Diurnal variation of human chorionic gonadotropin beta-core fragment concentrations in urine during second trimester of pregnancy. Clin Chem. 2001 Sep; 47(9):1715-7. PMID: 11514413.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. Halamka J. Inside a virtual nursery. Health Manag Technol. 2001 Jun; 22(6):37-8. PMID: 11409281.
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  58. Halamka J. A fix for data overload. CareGroup, Boston. Healthc Inform. 2000 Oct; 17(10):115-6. PMID: 11141743.
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  59. Harver A, Mahler DA, Schwartzstein RM, Baird JC. Descriptors of breathlessness in healthy individuals: distinct and separable constructs. Chest. 2000 Sep; 118(3):679-90. PMID: 10988189.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  60. Moy ML, Woodrow Weiss J, Sparrow D, Israel E, Schwartzstein RM. Quality of dyspnea in bronchoconstriction differs from external resistive loads. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2000 Aug; 162(2 Pt 1):451-5. PMID: 10934069.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  61. Halamka JD, Osterland C, Safran C. CareWeb, a web-based medical record for an integrated health care delivery system. Int J Med Inform. 1999 Apr; 54(1):1-8. PMID: 10206425.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  62. Iserson KV, Adams J, Cordell WH, Graff L, Halamka J, Ling L, Peacock WF, Sklar D, Stair T. Academic emergency medicine's future. The SAEM Task Force on Emergency Medicine's Future. Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 1999 Feb; 6(2):137-44. PMID: 10051906.
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  63. O'Hehir J, Miller M, Halamka JD, McCutcheon J, Geehr E. Will medical intranets smooth the rocky road to the future? Panel discussion. Med Netw Strategy Rep. 1998 Jul; 7(7):8-9. PMID: 10181970.
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  64. Halamka JD. Web technology for emergency medicine and secure transmission of electronic patient records. MD Comput. 1998 Jul-Aug; 15(4):232-7. PMID: 9673087.
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  65. Halamka JD, Hughes M, Mack J, Hurwitz M, Davis F, Wood D, Borten K, Saal AK. Managing care in an integrated delivery system via an Intranet. Proc AMIA Symp. 1998; 401-5. PMID: 9929250.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  66. Bourie PQ, Ferrenberg VA, McKay M, Halamka JD, Safran C. Implementation of an on-line Emergency Unit nursing system. Proc AMIA Symp. 1998; 330-3. PMID: 9929236.
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  67. Halamka JD, Safran C. CareWeb, a web-based medical record for an integrated healthcare delivery system. Stud Health Technol Inform. 1998; 52 Pt 1:36-9. PMID: 10384415.
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  68. Halamka JD, Szolovits P, Rind D, Safran C. A WWW implementation of national recommendations for protecting electronic health information. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1997 Nov-Dec; 4(6):458-64. PMID: 9391933.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    
  69. Halamka JD, Safran C. Virtual consolidation of Boston's Beth Israel and New England Deaconess Hospitals via the World Wide Web. Proc AMIA Annu Fall Symp. 1997; 349-53. PMID: 9357646.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    
  70. Halamka J, Gray JW, Gledhill BL, Lake S, Wyrobek AJ. Estimation of the frequency of malformed sperm by slit scan flow cytometry. Cytometry. 1984 Jul; 5(4):333-8. PMID: 6468173.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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