Dr. Doug Fridsma

Portrait of Dr. Doug Fridsma

Dr. Doug Fridsma was the Chief Scientist in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Prior to arriving at ONC, Dr. Fridsma was on the teaching staff in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University and had a clinical practice at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Dr. Fridsma completed his medical training at the University of Michigan in 1990, and his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University in 2003. In his role at ONC, Dr. Fridsma leads the divisions that is responsible for managing the Federal Health Architecture, the Standards & Interoperability Framework, and ONC's work in the international and innovation communities. These programs are all focused on providing a foundation for interoperable health information exchange. He served on the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Board of Directors from 2005-2008, as well as the Health IT Standards Committee from 2009-2010. Dr. Fridsma currently serves as a board member of HL7.

Dr. Doug Fridsma's Latest Blog Posts

New ONC Resource Supports Consolidated CDA Standards Implementation

Dr. Doug Fridsma | June 5, 2013

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and working together is success.  – Henry Ford
Since the launch of the Stage 2 Certification program, ONC has been actively listening to the buzz among implementers as EHR vendors strive to update their systems to conform to the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (Consolidated CDA) standard in order to meet the transition of care objective.

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Health IT as an Ultra Large-Scale System

Dr. Doug Fridsma | February 21, 2013

This week I want to discuss a technical report that was issued in 2003, but that (I think) can help us understand why getting to an interoperable health IT system is so hard, and why we are not advocating for a single health care IT system.
We often see health care systems (and the IT in health care) as different and not comparable to work that has been done in other areas. However, I think there is a lot that we can learn from other industries.

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