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Domains, Standards, and Interoperability Specialist

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John has been involved with Healthshare Exchange since its launch in 2012, and he currently serves HSX as a technical advisor, a liaison to national and regional health information technology (HIT) initiatives, and an overall healthcare interoperability SME (subject-matter expert). 

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John has more than 35 years of health-care information technology experience across numerous health-care disciplines and fields of automation.  In 1994, following a succession of management positions at Siemens (now Siemens Healthineers), John commenced his healthcare consulting business, focused on health IT interoperability solutions and standards.  In this capacity, he has advised all levels of care provider entities and health information organizations on the effective adoption of these standards.

John was instrumental in creating the Interoperability Showcase at the annual HIMSS National Conference and served as its technology manager from 2005-2015, establishing it as the premier exhibition of clinical scenarios highlighting cross-enterprise and multi-discipline interoperability.  In 2016. John was elected to serve as a co-chair of an HL7 Workgroup established primarily to facilitate collaboration between HL7 and other HIT standards organizations, e.g. IHE.  This was the foundation of the current Project Gemini initiative sponsored by HL7 and IHE.  John has organized and run a number of technology-exploration events with a specific emphasis on the integration of medical device and Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) resources to the rest of the healthcare ecosystem.  Most recently in the HIT standards realm, John serves as a technical and organizational advisor to HIMSS in the formation and operations of the new private sector owned, ISO-accredited, HIT testing and certification program called Concert by HIMSS™.

Upon the formation of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), John was engaged as a contracted member of the government team and served as lead on several of its work groups for the recognition and guidance publication of healthcare information technology standards (HITSP).  Specific roles/activities included being liaison to the ONC Nationwide Healthcare Information Network (now the Sequoia Project eHealth Exchange) and facilitator for the adaptation of the ONC deliverables to the 2009 ARRA/HITECH Act. For Standards and Interoperability (S&I) initiatives of ONC, John served as principle advisor for the creation of the S&I clinical data element dictionary.

John’s active participation on a number of HIT standards bodies serves to inform the HSX requirements and specifications for its diverse set of care-delivery members.  On the HIT innovation front, and of specific interest to the HSX MarketStreet formation, John has served as executive director of the New Jersey Healthcare Innovation Center, which evolved to the current New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) organization for which he serves as a solutions architect and interoperability SME promoting innovative solutions in healthcare. 

John is a multi-term elected Board Member of IHE International and the NJ Chapter of HIMSS. He is a regular speaker at health-care venues to promote the awareness of HIT standards, interoperability solutions, and innovative workflows across the healthcare disciplines.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College.  He also has master’s degrees in management science/industrial engineering and in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.