The Washington Perspective: A Fireside Chat with the ONC National Coordinator
The ONC 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability and Information Blocking Final Regulation will improve the flow of critical clinical information from system to system, provider to provider and directly to patients to allow them to access their health information on their smartphones.
Join this fireside chat to hear from Don Rucker, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) and Hal Wolf, President & CEO, HIMSS as they discuss the critical need for interoperability to address the current global pandemic.
Don Rucker, M.D.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
Bio info: HHS Office of the SecretaryDr. Don Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, comes to the...
HHS Office of the SecretaryDr. Don Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, comes to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from the Ohio State University where he was Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Biomedical Informatics and Premise Health, a worksite clinic provider, where he served as Chief Medical Officer.Dr. Rucker started his informatics career at Datamedic Corporation, where he co-developed the world's first Microsoft Windows based electronic medical record. He then served as Chief Medical Officer at Siemens Healthcare USA. Dr. Rucker led the team that designed the computerized provider order entry workflow that, as installed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, won the 2003 HIMSS Nicholas Davies Award for the best hospital computer system in the US. Dr. Rucker has served terms on the Board of Commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and Medicare's Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and has extensive policy experience representing healthcare innovations before Congress, MedPAC and HHS.He has practiced emergency medicine at Kaiser in California, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he was the first full-time Emergency Department attending, the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals and at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.Dr. Rucker is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with board certifications in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He holds an MS in Medical Computer Science and an MBA, both from Stanford.
Bio info: Harold (Hal) Wolf III is the President and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)....
Harold (Hal) Wolf III is the President and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). HIMSS consists of HIMSS North America, HIMSS International, cause-based, global membership societies; HIMSS Analytics, the market research and data services group; HIMSS Media, the diversified media and publishing division; PCHAlliance, the Personal Connected Health Alliance; and Health 2.0 the Digital Health Conference—all focused on better health through information and technology.
With nearly 35 years of experience, Wolf is respected internationally as a healthcare and informatics executive with areas of expertise in mhealth, product development, integrated care models, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation. He has helped health systems and providers across the world with end-to-end operations, commissioning, data and architectural design.
Before joining HIMSS, Wolf served at The Chartis Group as Director; Practice Leader of Information and Digital Health Strategy. As the key architect in the development of content, research and user interface for video on demand and broadband, Mr. Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining the traditional enterprise strategy with an end-to-end organizational view while keeping the patient as the central focus.
Wolf also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation representing more than 16,000 physicians. There he was responsible for the development and implementation of critical care delivery strategies, data management and governance, population care management environments and the implementation of unique innovations and large scale programs that impacted end-to-end operations. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Wolf worked as Vice President E-Business, Chief Information Officer for the Corporate Systems and Wholesale divisions of Qwest Communications/USWest. Previous endeavors include working internationally in the deployment of interactive television services in operations, content and business development; senior business management positions with Time Warner and MTV Networks; and Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and ADVI, LLC.
Wolf is a former Vice-Chair of HIMSS Enterprise Board, a Board member of the International Care Delivery Alliance and of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He is a visiting professor for Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at the University of South Denmark, the Center for Innovative Medical Technology at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark and Windsor University Odette School of Business, Canada. He also served as a board advisor for the Patient@Home European Union initiative that develops new products for home care while supporting the end-to-end acute care continuum.
Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Textile Management from North Carolina State University.