Blackford Middleton, MD, Lecture: Toward a Learning Health System: Informatics Obstacles and Opportunities

When: Nov 28, 2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Location: DHMC Auditorium G

Presenters: Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc
Chief Informatics & Innovation Officer
Apervita, Inc.

Description: About the Presenter:
Dr. Middleton’s expertise is in informatics, the applied science of the design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in complex environments. At Apervita, Dr. Middleton is responsible for working with the ecosystem of leading health enterprises, including major health systems, payers and pharmaceutical companies, to shape an industry platform to enable these enterprises to readily apply health knowledge throughout their business.

His many accomplishments include implementation of a comprehensive organizational and process redesign at Vanderbilt University and during his tenure, the university was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” healthcare systems. Dr. Middleton has served in many leadership positions, including chair of the board of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), chair of AMIA, and was appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt to serve on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he was Corporate Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development at Partners Healthcare System, Boston, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and will continue as a Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was Senior Vice President for Clinical Informatics, and Chief Medical Officer, for MedicaLogic/Medscape, a provider of electronic medical records software (Logician™), professional and patient portals (, and Prior to that position he was Medical Director of Information Management and Technology at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Middleton has also authored more than 500 publications and presentations on electronic and personal health records, clinical decision support, and related policy and technical issues.

Related Resources:

Event contact information: Sonia D. Oren, MEd Operations Coordinator Center for Technology and Behavioral Health Geisel School of Medicine Tel: (603) 646-7090 Email:

Back to Events