CMIO, Main Line Health Philadelphia
Harm J. Scherpbier, MD, is Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer at Main Line Health in suburban Philadelphia. He is responsible for the implementation of healthcare information systems and the electronic patient record for doctors, nurses and other clinicians throughout the health system. His focus is on increasing patient safety and achieving high quality of care through innovative IT solutions.
Prior to joining Main Line Health, Dr. Scherpbier was Product Manager for Healthcare Process Management at Siemens Health Services, a global provider of Healthcare IT software and services. He was responsible for design and development, marketing and implementation of Workflow Management Systems and Decision Support Systems as key components of a Healthcare IT infrastructure.
Dr. Scherpbier was Vice President of Software Engineering at CareScience, an outcomes measurement and analysis firm. He also was Medical Director at Aetna’s US Quality Algorithms division, responsible for performance measurement and outcomes analysis.
Dr. Scherpbier is an active member of the Healthcare IT standards movement, particularly focused on Knowledge Representation standards, promoting the sharing and re-use of knowledge between healthcare organizations. From 1995 to 1998, he chaired the HL7 Arden Syntax committee for Knowledge Representation.
Dr. Scherpbier was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received his medical training at the University of Groningen, graduating in 1986, and completed additional training in Medical Informatics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, both in the Netherlands. He moved to the United States in 1988.
One of Dr. Scherpbier’s personal interests is local farming, and the impact on health, the environment, and preserving open space. He is the past-president of Pennypack Farm & Education Center, an organic community farm in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Scherpbier lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife and 3 children.
Main Line Health is suburban Philadelphia's most comprehensive healthcare resource, offering a full range of medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, psychiatric and emergency services.
Forming the core of Main Line Health are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau, Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Riddle—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. We're especially recognized for our cardiac, orthopedic, oncology, rehabilitation and women's clinical services.
In addition, Main Line Health trains more than 100 interns, residents and fellows annually from medical schools throughout the country. We are actively involved in numerous scientific research studies, many of which are funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The US government’s ARRA/HITECH program, with its “Meaningful Use” requirements, not only drives hospitals and physician practices to implement Electronic Medical Records, but also stimulates health data exchange among providers, and with patients and their families. The infrastructure for data sharing with patients is developing rapidly, in the form of patient portals, data exchange methods, and new standards to support this exchange. This creates opportunities for new systems to help patients and families tap into the newly available data flows – for their own health.
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