Wes Rishel is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner’s healthcare provider research practice. He covers electronic medical records, interoperability, health information exchanges and the underlying technologies of healthcare IT, including application integration and standards. Mr. Rishel is a member of the Health IT Standards Committee. He is also a trustee of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and a former commissioner. He has served on the Healthcare Information Technology Advisory Panel of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. He was the founding technical chair of Health Level Seven (HL7) and served as the board chair in 2002 and 2003, and continues on the board.