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Dr. William Braithwaite

Dr. William Braithwaite
HITSP Vice Chairman
Health Information Policy Consulting

A pioneer in the field of medical informatics, William R. “Bill” Braithwaite, MD, PhD has dedicated his whole career to improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare for patients and practitioners through information technology. Dr. Braithwaite envisioned a critical role for computers in clinical practice as a medical student at the University of Chicago. After his graduation, residency, and military service, he obtained a doctorate in Medical Information Science from the University of California, San Francisco.

Currently an independent consultant, he serves as Treasurer of Health Level Seven (HL7) and sits on the advisory boards of two security technology companies, PGP Corp and Anakam, and two federally contracted projects with RTI International and Thomson-Medstat.

Until 1996, he was Associate Professor and Head of the Section on Medical Informatics, which he established at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

During a health policy sabbatical with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee health staff in 1993-94, he worked with an industry coalition to develop the legislative content for the Administrative Simplification Subtitle of HIPAA. In late 1994 he joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work on the development of health information standards. As Senior Advisor on Health Information Policy in the Office of the HHS Secretary, Dr. Braithwaite oversaw the regulations implementing the Administrative Simplification Subtitle of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). He supported the activities of HHS Data Council in health data standards, telemedicine, consumer health information, and health information privacy, and co-chaired the Committee on Health Data Standards. Working with other federal departments to negotiate administration positions on health information policy, he monitored, analyzed, and suggested policy and language for federal legislation in areas of health information standards and confidentiality.

From 2001 to 2003 he served as National Director of HIPAA Advisory Services in the Washington, DC office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Practicing as an independent consultant in health information policy and strategic planning from 2003 to 2005, he joined the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) contributing to the June 2004 report, "Revolutionizing Health Care Through Information Technology". From 2005 to 2006, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the eHealth Initiative.

An active member of the American Medical Informatics Association since 1969, he served on its Board of Directors. With a background that spans from practicing medicine as a submarine doctor to teaching epidemiology, biostatistics, and medical informatics, Dr. Braithwaite has extensive experience as a researcher. His constant commitment to improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare for patients and practitioners through information technology has been recognized with a number of awards, including election by his peers to Fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics, the President’s Award from the American Medical Informatics Association, the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service from HHS, and the second Louis W. Sullivan Award from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI).

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