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Historic ACMI Biography

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A 1981 graduate of West Virginia University, David Brailer attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his MD in 1986. After residency training in internal medicine, he became a fellow in general internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar while working on his PhD at the Wharton School. He received the degree in 1992. He then founded CareScience, Inc., while continuing at Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania's medical school as a member of the adjunct faculty. In 2002, he moved to the Health Technology Center in San Francisco where he was a senior fellow for information technology and quality until he was recruited to the Bush Administration in early 2004 to serve as the nation's first Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the office of Secretary Thompson at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Brailer's notoriety in the informatics world began in medical school when he presented his work on expert systems at SCAMC in 1983 and was awarded the Martin Epstein Award in the student paper competition. He was also the first medical student to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. Today, he is recognized as a leader in health information technology and how it can enhance the delivery of safe, effective, and efficient health care. He is one of the nation's foremost authorities on health information exchange and the use of peer-to-peer technologies in health care. During his ten years as Chairman and CEO of CareScience, the nation's leading registry of medical errors and physician and hospital performance, Dr. Brailer led the company to add more than 150 clients, to develop groundbreaking inventions with major research institutions, to establish the nation's first health care ASP, and to create the first care management business process outsourcing partnership. Dr. Brailer also designed and oversaw the development of the first peer-to-peer health information exchange technology and led its first implementation in Santa Barbara County, CA. In his new role, Dr. Brailer is in a position to have a major influence on federal policy and activities in the area of health information technology.


The American College of Medical Informatics

ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field.

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