Lenert appointed to federal Health Information Technology Advisory Committee

MUSC chief research information officer to serve 2-year term

CHARLESTON, SC (Nov. 22, 2017) – Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric Hargan has appointed Leslie Lenert, M.D., MS, the Medical University of South Carolina’s chief research information officer, to serve a two-year term on the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).

As chief research information officer for MUSC, Lenert leads the Biomedical Informatics Center and efforts within the institution to provision data from its health care system for research.

Lenert is the vice president and chief medical officer of Health Sciences South Carolina. There, he supports population health and public health through the development of a collaborative information technology infrastructure for a healthier South Carolina with the support of the Duke Endowment.

HITAC was established by the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255). This committee, governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), recommends policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for health information technology infrastructure, nationally and locally, that advance the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. HITAC unifies the roles of, and replaces, the Health Information Technology Policy and the Health Information Technology Standards committees.

Lenert was designated as the public health representative to this committee. He is the founding director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Administration of President George W. Bush. There he managed the development of key national public computer systems, including the BioSense (which merged real-time emergency room data from hundreds of hospitals) and Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System. He also led efforts to integrate public health data systems with the Nationwide Health Information Network.

Lenert has published extensively on the application of data mining methods to medicine, including two articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association. An internationally recognized expert in informatics, he is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and has won awards for his research work from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, the American Federation for Clinical Research, and the American Medical Informatics Association.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.