Views From the Nation: Overview of E-Prescribing Experiences From the States
NCSL Webinar, November 16, 2011

Speaker Biographies

Patricia L. Hale MD, PhD, FACP

Dr. Patricia Hale is Associate Medical Director, Informatics at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Hale has worked and lectured extensively in the area of Medical Informatics for over 10 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Hale also has been the chair of Medical Informatics for the American College of Physicians and member of the Patient Safety Steering Committee as well as chair of the Task Force on Electronic Prescribing for HIMSS.

Dr. Hale is involved in a number of initiatives to improve the quality and efficiency of medical care across New York State through the use of medical informatics. Her areas of special interest include: Patient Safety, Electronic prescribing, Regional Health Information Networks, Voice and Handwriting Recognition, HIPAA/Security and Confidentiality, and Electronic Health Records.  Dr. Hale is co-author of a textbook on Electronic Medical Records and editor of the book, “Electronic Prescribing for the Medical Practice: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask.”Previously Dr. Hale was the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Glens Falls Hospital and Chief Technology Officer for Adirondack Medicine, Inc. where she led efforts in implementation of a full electronic health record.  

Lee Stevens

Lee Stevens is the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program Policy Manager, serving in the Office of the National Coordinator. As policy manager, Lee oversees the development and dissemination of policies intended to support the electronic exchange of health information.

Lee has also served as the Manager of HIE plan development and oversight for the Eastern and Southern regions of the U.S, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including technical assistance and long-term planning activities related to enabling exchange. Lee also serves as the liaison for intergovernmental affairs on issues related to health information technology for the Office of the Secretary.

Before coming to the Department of Health and Human Services, Lee served as the Federal Policy Director for the Southern Governors’ Association where he managed the Gulf Coast Health Information Technology Task Force. The Gulf Coast HIT Task Force was created to establish a dialogue on health information exchange between states impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Lee has also served as the Washington, D.C. based health and human services advisor for North Carolina and previously as a senior legislative assistant on health issues for former U.S. Congressman Charlie Rose.

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP

Dr. David Blumenthal, MD is the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System and Harvard Medical School. Until April 2011, Dr. Blumenthal served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and in this role he was charged with building an interoperable, private and secure nationwide health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. 

Prior to his appointment to the Administration, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician and director of the Institute for Health Policy at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System and Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Blumenthal is a renowned health services researcher and national authority on health IT adoption. With his colleagues from Harvard Medical School, he authored the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States.  He is the author of over 200 scholarly publications, including the book "Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office," which tells the history of U.S. Presidents’ involvement in health reform, from FDR through George W. Bush.

A member of the Institute of Medicine and a former board member and national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Blumenthal has held several leadership positions in medicine, government, and academia, including Senior Vice President at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital; Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy and Management and Lecturer on Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government; and as a professional staff member on the late Senator Edward Kennedy's Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research.

Dr. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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