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Changes to the IHTSDO Management Board

During the October 28 General Assembly meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, IHTSDO announced that Doug Fridsma, President and CEO of AMIA, and Manuel Pérez Vallina, Associate CIO for SACYL (Castilla y León Region Healthcare Authority), had joined the Management Board on October 26. It also announced that Jamie Ferguson, Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy and Vice President of health information technology strategy and policy at Kaiser Permanente, would succeed John van Beek, Managing Director at Cerberus Global Investments BV, as Management Board Chair as of November 1.

See a full list of IHTSDO Management Board Directors here.


Jamie Ferguson

Fellow, Institute for Health Policy

Vice President, Health Information Technology Strategy and Policy

Jamie Ferguson is a Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy and Vice President of health information technology strategy and policy for Kaiser Permanente. Jamie has been at Kaiser Permanente since 2002. Since 2005 he has managed for government and industry relations for IT, as well as health IT priorities, policies, and standards. Before this assignment, Jamie was responsible for the development and operations of Kaiser Permanente’s clinical and administrative data systems, information modeling, and health IT standards.

Jamie participates in multiple health IT organizations, research projects, and other efforts to help more people to gain the benefits of health IT. In addition to his participation in IHTSDO recently he led multiple work groups on the US Health IT Standards Committee; he served as Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Digital Health at World Economic Forum; and as a Director on the Boards of HL7, Healtheway, and the Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC) which is the joint interoperability collaboration of the Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, OCHIN, Group Health Cooperative, and Kaiser Permanente.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Jamie was a research investigator at Yale University School of Medicine; an economist in the US Federal Reserve System; a senior vice president and divisional chief information officer (CIO) at Bank of America; and an independent consultant.  He studied Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Doug Fridsma

President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA

Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA, a membership society representing 5000 professional and student informaticians and their interests and activities in academe, industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Fridsma is an expert in informatics, interoperability, standards, and health IT (including meaningful use). His understanding of the science and application of informatics and experience as practitioner and policymaker give him a depth of knowledge well-suited to the critical challenge of transforming health and health care.

Prior to joining AMIA, Dr. Fridsma was the Chief Science Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, responsible for the portfolio of technical resources needed to support the meaningful use program and health information technology interoperability.  While at ONC, he developed the standards and interoperability framework to accelerate the development of technical specifications for interoperability, and in collaboration with the NIH and other federal agencies, was instrumental in establishing the key priorities in the PCOR Trust fund. Prior to ONC, Dr. Fridsma held academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Mayo Clinic, and had a part-time clinical practice at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.  He has served as a board member of HL7 and the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) where he was instrumental in developing standards that bridge clinical care and clinical research.


Manuel Pérez Vallina

Associate CIO for SACYL (Castilla y León Region Healthcare Authority)

Manuel was in born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1962.

He is graduate in Business Administration and Economy from University of Oviedo and European University of Madrid. He holds a Master degree in Information Systems Management as well as a Master degree in Health Administration from the Spanish National Healthcare School and National Distance Education University.

Manuel has more than 25 years of experience as CIO in different hospitals in Spain, including Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega in Valladolid, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Hospital Universitario Principe de Asturias and Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañon in Madrid, reporting directly to the Hospital CEO and accountable as Member of the Board of Directors for the operating and strategic direction of the Hospital.

Manuel dedicated a lot of work in the standards field, and he is involved in the Plenary of AENOR CT139 (Healthcare Informatics) since 1995. He translated to Spanish more than 70 European and International Standards. He also is member of the Board of HL7Spain since its creation in 2004.

Manuel is also member of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives), SEDISA (Sociedad Española de Directivos de la Salud) and SEIS (Sociedad Española de Informática de la Salud).

He used to work as private strategy advisor in the eHealth field, including two years as Senior Advisor for HIMSS Europe.

Today he acts as Associate CIO for SACYL (Castilla y León Region Healthcare Authority), being in charge of IT Strategy, Innovation and Terminology Governance.

During his career Manuel has been an frequent speaker both at National and International level, publishing many articles, and receiving some prizes, being honoured in the 2011 edition of the Computerworld Honors Program (Using Technology to Benefit Society) for the “Professional Social Network for Tumour Boards” project.

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