Physician informaticist John Halamka is getting out in front of the issue of potential conflict of interest between his work as chief information officer for the not-for-profit Harvard Medical School and CareGroup Healthcare System and several for-profit companies on which he sits as a director or advisory board member.
Saturday, Halamka posted a list of his potential conflicts of interest on his personal blog. Halamka was recently appointed to the board of directors of SafeMed, San Diego, a developer of mobile-communications and decision-support tools and services for healthcare organizations. SafeMed is a supplier to 585-bed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, the flagship hospital of CareGroup.
Halamka was named to SafeMeds board on Feb. 11. The company also names Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization as a business partner on its Web site.
In all of my jobs and activities I try to be very transparent about all I do, both good and bad, Halamka said in an introduction to the list on his blog. In the interest of full disclosure, I thought it would be useful to describe all my affiliations, my disclosures, and my attempts to avoid conflicts of interest.
In addition to his roles as a CIO, Halamka serves as the nonvoting chairman of the federally supported Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel, which seeks to harmonize healthcare IT communications standards to carry out use cases specified by the American Health Information Community, an IT advisory panel named by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in 2005. Halamka also is chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network and chief executive officer of MA-SHARE, which stands for Massachusetts Simplifying Healthcare Among Regional Entities, a regional health information organization in Boston.
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