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William Hersh, M.D.: Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology Requires a Competent Workforce



There is a growing recognition of the need for more information technology in health care to improve the quality and safety of care while lowering its cost. One of the key components for successful use of information technology in health care is a workforce that is well-trained in biomedical and health informatics. In this talk, a well-known international leader in informatics education will describe the needs and solutions for educating the workforce, including the Workforce Development Program that is part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in the United States aimed at increasing the adoption of electronic health records.


William Hersh, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh received his BS in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1980 and his MD from the University of Illinois in 1984. After completing a Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Illinois Hospital in 1987, he completed a Fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard University in 1990. Since that time, he has been a faculty member in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research. In education, he developed and serves as Director of all of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, including the Master of Science, the Master of Biomedical Informatics, the Graduate Certificate, and the Doctor of Philosophy. Dr. Hersh also led OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which are available up to the master’s degree level. He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10×10 (“ten by ten”) program, which has been completed by over 1,000 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics.