Connected Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities
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Executive Director of the Continua Alliance
Charles (Chuck) Parker is the Executive Director of the Continua Health Alliance. This membership-driven company focuses on developing an eco-system of interoperable personal health devices. Through working with Standards bodies and industry experts, Continua publishes certification standards built upon international criteria from IEEE, HL7, Bluetooth, USB, and others. Chuck leads the many workgroups and day-to-day operations of the Alliance.
Prior to coming to Continua, Chuck was the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Business Development and Marketing where his primary duties were developing and managing new business opportunities focused on increasing the adoption of health information technology, as well as developing quality measurement and pay-for-performance systems. He has led national programs for practice transformation and has served on national committees for assessing adoption requirements. He has been instrumental in developing Quality Measurement programs for CMS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Bridges to Excellence. Before joining Masspro, Mr. Parker was Director and National Lead for Internet Technologies, Director of Strategic Accounts, and Director of Internet and Physician Office sales at VHA, Inc., a national healthcare alliance based in Irving, Texas.
Chuck has over 20 years of experience in healthcare technology and the strategic design of evaluation and measurement strategies. He served as principal in the development of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Bridges to Excellence (BTE) Physician Office Link, the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC) Secure Messaging Pilot program, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Doctor’s Office Quality-Information Technology (DOQ-IT) program, including the Office System Survey, a national physician office assessment tool. His experience includes more than eight years in methodology and program evaluation.
Considered an authority in his field, Chuck serves in positions of leadership on a variety of professional boards and associations, including the Privacy and Compliance Expert Panel for the Certification Commission on Healthcare Information Technology, the National Governor’s Alliance, the Ambulatory Task Force for the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, the Massachusetts State Technical Advisory Group, and the Office of National Coordinator’s HIT Definitions Project. He routinely provides testimony to Federal and State authorities regarding HIT.
Currently, Chuck is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Informatics at Northeastern University. He earned his BA in Communication Studies and Business Management at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Director of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board
David was appointed as Director of Innovation Platforms in the Technology Strategy Board in July 2007. He was then made Director of Innovation Programmes in July 2008.
David graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc in Polymer Science. He stayed on to do a PhD sponsored by ICI Plastics, spending the summers working in their laboratories at Welwyn Garden City. As a result of this experience, he joined the British Petroleum Research Centre at Sunbury-on-Thames where he led a team working on electrically conductive polymers, polymer batteries and non-linear optics.
8 years later he joined Courtaulds to set up and run their Strategic Research Group. In addition he spent separate years responsible for Carbon Fibre Research (1989) and Performance Films (1992)(in America). After another 8 years he left to join ICI Acrylics as Research Director. He then joined National Starch, where he was responsible for research in their Specialty Synthetic Resins Division for 2 years and then became a Director of Group Technology for ICI.
Throughout this time, he has sat on the UK Governments Technology Foresight Panel for Materials, was President of the Industrial Affairs Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002-2004) and the Co-Chairman of the Strategy and Implementation Board of the Crystal Faraday Partnership on Green Chemistry (2001 – 2007). He is Chairman of Oxford Biomaterials and a Director of Apaclara and Spineless Design. He is also an advisor to FirstVentures, a Venture Capital Fund focusing on advanced materials and nanotechnology. From 2006 until 2008 he was part time CEO of Materials UK, a organisation set up to implement and develop the work of the Materials Innovation and Growth team.
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