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Section News: ACEP17 in Washington, DC

Section Meeting Keynote Confirmed!

Donald Rucker, MD, FACEP 
New Coordinator of The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)  

Monday, October 30, 2017
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Independence Ballroom, Salon C

Donald Rucker, MD, FACEP

Dr. Rucker is well-known to ACEP & the Section for Emergency Medicine Informatics. He has deep IT roots in EM and was involved with the section during its formative years when he started a company called DataMedic (which became VitalWorks, now owned by Cerner) which developed an early EDIS called EMstation.

He is also well regarded in broader healthcare IT circles, as a former executive at Siemens, where he was CMO for 13 years. He also spent 13 years as clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at University of Pennsylvania Health System.

More recently, he has been an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University. He has practiced emergency medicine at Kaiser Permanente in California, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with Board Certifications in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He holds a master’s degree in Medical Computer Science and an MBA, both from Stanford University.

ONC (part of the Dept. of Health & Human Services) is at the forefront of the Federal Government’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

It is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004 and is legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.

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