Two of the nation's foremost healthcare quality improvement researchers will work together for the rest of the year, as David Brailer, M.D., has accepted a six-month fellowship with the Health Technology Center, a San Francisco-based information technology research group headed by Institute of Medicine member Molly Joel Coye, M.D.
Brailer, a founding director of HealthTech, says the appointment as senior fellows for IT and quality of care is on a trial basis and could be extended beyond the end of 2003.
In moving to HealthTech, Brailer has resigned as chairman, CEO and director of CareScience, a care management technology firm in Philadelphia that he founded 10 years ago, citing "irreconcilable differences" with other board members regarding the future direction of the company.
"I still regard the company in high esteem," says Brailer, who remains a significant shareholder of the publicly traded firm.
CareScience President and board member Ronald Paulus, M.D., has taken over CEO duties from Brailer, while Edward Antoian has been named interim nonexecutive chairman.
Brailer retains a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania, though he says living in Northern California gives him the opportunity to work closely with clinical informaticists at Stanford University and University of California campuses in Berkeley and San Francisco.
At not-for-profit HealthTech, Brailer says he will work with government policymakers, regional IT leaders and hospital executives to promote IT as a means of improving the care delivery process.
"I am broadening my focus a bit by looking just beyond the point of care," Brailer says.
He also says HealthTech will be exploring whether to form a new organization dedicated to "support the use of technologies by hospitals and doctors."