Blackford Middleton is Corporate Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development (CIRD) at Partners Healthcare System, Boston, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and a Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is adjunct faculty at the Technische Universität München, Graduate School of Information Science in Health, Munich, Germany, and the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University.
As Corporate Director for CIRD, he leads the groups responsible for developing Partners enterprise clinical informatics infrastructure development, software product design for the Partners EMR and patient portal, enterprise clinical decision support and knowledge management services, and conducts clinical informatics research. In 2004 CIRD joined the National Library of Medicine sponsored Boston-area Informatics Research and Training Fellowship Program, where Dr. Middleton serves as Fellowship Program Director for CIRD Fellows.
Dr. Middleton was appointed by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt to serve on the National Committee of Vital and Health Statistics (NCHVS) in 2008, and serves on the Quality, and Population NCVHS sub-committees. Currently, he is a member of the National Quality Forum Health IT Advisory Council, the Board of Directors at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality program (Dr. Mark McClellan, Chair). He also serves on the Board of Stewardship Trustees for the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) health system (and Quality, and Strategy sub-committees of the Board), the Board of Directors of the CHI Institute for Research and Innovation, the Medical Knowledge Institute, and several Editorial Boards. He was a co-founder of the Institute for Decision Systems Research in Palo Alto, CA in 1994, and of the Center for Information Technology Leadership (C!TL) at Partners in 2002 and led its research in value-based technology assessment until 2010. He is past Treasurer of the American Telemedicine Association, and the American College of Medical Informatics, and past Chairman of the Computer-based Patient Record Institute (CPRI, 2000), and Chairman of the Healthcare Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS, 2005).
Dr. Middleton was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the US Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in 2010. Dr. Middleton received the SUNY-Buffalo Medical Alumni Achievement Award – “Presented in honor of your extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in the field of medicine” in 2010. He was recognized in 2011 as one of HIMSS 50 in 50: 50 individuals who “have made recognized, lasting, and influential contributions to the theory, adoption, and use of healthcare information and management systems” in HIMSS 50 year history. Dr. Middleton is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, and of HIMSS.
Dr. Middleton studied Biochemistry and Molecular at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received a Masters in Public Health degree from the Yale University School of Public Health with a dual concentration in Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. He received an MD from SUNY Buffalo, and was a resident in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center. He completed an AHCPR Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Stanford University, where he received his Master of Science degree in Health Services Research, focusing on clinical informatics.
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