"The Future of Health Information Technology in the U.S." A lecture by Dr. Charles P. Friedman

February 12, 2013

Dr. Charles P. FriedmanPlease join us for a special lecture by Charles P. Friedman, Ph.D., director, Health Informatics Program, Schools of Information and Public Health; professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health; and professor, School of Information at the University of Michigan, who will present, "The Future of Health Information Technology in the U.S." on March 1, 2013.

This presentation will begin with a summary of federal initiatives to achieve "meaningful use" of health information technology and review the current status of these programs. From there, Dr. Friedman will identify and explore several "tectonic trends"--spanning technology, policy and education--that result from these initiatives and, more generally, from the national progression to a digital health system. He will associate each trend with possible actions, alongside federal initiatives, that will enable the nation to take full advantage of its investments in health IT.

The lecture will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with reception following in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium in the lower atrium of the Gillings School of Public Health's Michael Hooker Research Center on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science and the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

About Dr. Charles P. Friedman

Charles Friedman is a professor and director of the health informatics program in the School of Information and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Most recently, Dr. Friedman held executive positions at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2007 to 2009 he was deputy national coordinator and from 2009 to 2011 he was ONC's chief scientific officer. While at ONC, Friedman oversaw a diverse portfolio of nationwide activities that included a "learning health system" supporting research, public health, and quality improvement; the health IT workforce development program; the SHARP health IT research program; initiatives in usability and clinical decision support; evaluation of ONC's programs; and international cooperation for eHealth. He was the lead author of the first national health IT strategic plan which was released in June of 2008.

From 2003 to 2006 he was a senior scholar at the National Library of Medicine and from 2006 to 2007, he served as associate director for Research Informatics and Information Technology of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, also serving as the Institute's chief information officer.

Prior to his work in the government, Dr. Friedman was professor, associate vice chancellor for Biomedical Informatics, and founding director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He was responsible for management of information resources across the university's six schools of the health sciences. The center Friedman established at Pittsburgh subsequently became an academic department.

He also served for many years in a range of faculty and administrative roles at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a professor in the departments of biomedical engineering and family medicine in the School of Medicine; he directed the Office of Educational Development and served as assistant dean for Medical Education and Medical Informatics.


Driving and Parking Information

The Michael Hooker Research Center is located on 135 Dauer Drive on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Driving and parking directions are located at: http://www.sph.unc.edu/school/map_and_directions_to_the_school_160_7217.html.

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Photo taken by Jay Jackson, School of Information, University of Michigan.