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John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, to give 2010 Leiter Lecture

John D. Halamka, MD, MS

"Knowledge Services and the Role of Medical Libraries in Healthcare IT"

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, will give the 2010 Joseph Leiter NLM/Medical Library Association Lecture, Wednesday, May 26. It will take place at 2:00 PM in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium (Building 38A), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The lecture will be broadcast live (and later archived) at //

Dr. Halamka is the chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and chief information officer of Harvard Medical School. In his role at the hospital, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3,000 doctors, 14,000 employees and two million patients. At Harvard Medical School, he oversees all educational, research and administrative computing for 18,000 faculty and 3,000 students. He is also a practicing emergency physician.

In addition, Dr. Halamka participates in several state and national committees. He is chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), which oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Massachusetts. Dr. Halamka is also the current chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee, with the goal of coordinating the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.

The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the National Library of Medicine. Leiter was a major contributor to cancer research at the National Cancer Institute, a leader at NLM, a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. He served as NLM Associate Director for Library Operations from 1965-1983.