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Yu Preaches the Power of Healthcare Innovation

At the AHIMA Annual Convention, keynote speaker Wil Yu, senior advisor of Innovation for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged HIM professionals to be the “pioneers” needed in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward. Yu also said there has never been a better time to act as a healthcare innovator, as market and policy changes are made to the current care model nearly every day.

National Health Innovation Leader Addresses AHIMA Convention

CHICAGO – Oct. 2, 2012 – Wil Yu, senior advisor, Innovation, for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged Health Information Management (HIM) professionals to be “pioneers” in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward.

Yu, who led the nationwide healthcare innovation efforts for the United States through the Department of Health and Human Services, delivered his speech Tuesday at AHIMA’s 84th Annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place.

“As guardians of health information, you are in the optimal position to thrive in what I consider this country’s long summer of health innovation,” Yu said. “Your work will build the infrastructure of an evolution that will not only improve and save lives, but also change the way Americans perceive their health and their own care.”

Yu noted that while the United States needs healthcare innovation more than ever, there has also never been a better time to be an innovator with market and policy forces building momentum for dramatic change.

This innovation must transform the current care model, Yu said.

“We need to better identify and help those who will be sick before they show up in care settings such as the emergency room where care is more expensive,” he said. “With the support of taxpayer funded programs and public-private partnerships, we can influence the magnitude, velocity and timing of innovation.”

Yu measures innovation by the value obtained from a new finding or application over time. He shared a case history on scurvy to illustrate how challenging it can be to incorporate new information to advance adoption and diffusion of innovations. It took more than 260 years from the early experiment of adding lemon juice to daily diets aboard long overseas voyages before citrus fruits were routinely incorporated as part of the daily ration.

Yu encouraged HIM professionals never to lose focus on the most important reason for innovation – better patient care.

“The patient is always at the center.  We can work together to reduce medical errors, lower hospital readmission rates and raise levels of patient engagement, so that the future care for children born today will be vastly improved from today’s standard due to the current pioneering efforts of innovators across this country” Yu said.

“AHIMA strives to encourage its members, staff, and all healthcare professionals to bring innovation into their daily work,” said CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “Wil’s remarks reiterated that value, and helped to give members the motivation to make positive change, no matter what their role may be.”

Yu will speak again Wednesday at the AHIMA and AHIMA Foundation’s Inaugural Health Information Innovation Leadership Conference.


Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information.

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Healthcare Analytics Expert Jyoti Kamal to Serve in Expanded Role as President of Health Care DataWorks

One of the visionaries behind the technology that formed the foundation for HCD will help guide the company’s strategic product direction and develop healthcare business intelligence roadmaps for clients.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 02, 2012 Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD) has announced that Jyoti Kamal, Ph.D., has taken on the full-time role of president at the leading healthcare analytics company.

Kamal, with more than 15 years’ experience as a healthcare IT executive, is a founder of Health Care DataWorks and one of the visionaries behind the technology that became the foundation for the company’s KnowledgeEdge™ product suite. As president, she helps guide the strategic product direction at HCD and assists clients in developing healthcare business intelligence roadmaps leading to greater value and return on investment.

“Jyoti has played a key role from a technology perspective in helping to establish HCD as the leading provider of healthcare analytics for hospitals and health systems,” said Detlev H. (Herb) Smaltz, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “Her tremendous success in developing and launching a healthcare Enterprise Data Warehouse at one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country has provided her with deep business intelligence experience that we leverage in powerful ways to further benefit our clients.”

A foremost expert in healthcare analytics and speaker on all aspects of an Enterprise Data Warehouse, Kamal was Deputy CIO and Director for the Information Warehouse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which includes six hospitals, a unified physician practice and more than a dozen research centers and institutes. Under her direction, the Information Warehouse at the Wexner Medical Center became the critical hub of information storage and management for the health system, providing data integration, mining, training and application development to researchers and clinicians system-wide.

“After working for 15 years guiding the development of the Enterprise Data Warehouse efforts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I’m very excited to help other healthcare institutions experience the major benefits to quality and cost reduction that analytics provide,” Kamal said. “In addition, I’m pleased to be furthering the objective of Ohio State to commercialize some of its excellent technology.”

Kamal holds a master’s degree in computer science from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India.

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit

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Verizon’s Dr. Peter Tippett Receives U.S. Chamber’s First Leadership in Health Care Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented its first Leadership in Health Care Award to Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer for Verizon and vice president of the Verizon Incubator, at the Chamber’s first annual Health Care Summit. The event brought together experts in the health care industry to discuss how the private sector is transforming our nation’s health care system through innovation, improved transparency and technological advancements.

The Chamber’s Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten presented Tippett with the award.  “We are honored to present Dr. Tippett with the Chamber’s first-ever health care leadership award for his work to improve transparency and reward innovation through the modernization of the exchange of health information technology,” said Josten.  “His ground-breaking  innovations  are helping to drive down costs and promote quality of care for both employers and consumers . His leadership will continue to enable health care organizations to transform the delivery of patient care, improve access to medical services, and better manage costs to further advance comprehensive reform of the U.S. health care system.”

Peter Tippett, M.D., Ph.D, is responsible for Verizon’s health IT practice, , including the company’s health IT strategy and the development of an extensive portfolio of solutions that are enabling the rapidly evolving health care information technology (HIT) ecosystem.

Tippett served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2005 guiding  U.S. efforts in health care IT and information security.  InfoWorld recognized him as one of the 25 most influential chief technology officers in  2002.  He also previously won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Tippett has worked as an emergency room doctor and as a helicopter emergency physician and carries a California physician and surgeon license.  His Ph.D. work included the discovery and modeling of new regulatory mechanisms for glucose by the enzyme glucokinase.  He obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and an M.D. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.  He is board certified in internal medicine.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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