Robert M. Kolodner, MD, is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for ViTel Net, a leading provider of innovative, easily adaptable telemedicine/telehealth technology solutions covering the entire continuum of care. For over 29 years, ViTel Net has pioneered advancements in the telehealth industry with state-ofthe-art technology and a customer-centric focus that have earned the company industry honors and a reputation for excellence. With 31 years of federal service, Dr. Kolodner is a visionary leader in health informatics who has been at the forefront of advances in health information technology (IT) for more than two decades. He has a passion for advancing person-centered health and care and fostering the development of a Learning Health System. As an advocate of “positive disruption,” he promotes solutions that are better, cheaper and more convenient for users and customers. As National Coordinator for Health IT in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), he served as the President’s designated lead for the United States eHealth initiatives. In that role, Dr. Kolodner promoted the adoption and use of electronic health records, and advanced the policies and collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors to develop a nationwide, interoperable health IT infrastructure. His work laid the foundation for the acceleration of national health IT initiatives.
Before his work at HHS, Dr. Kolodner was the national Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) broad range of health IT activities. He was the clinical champion for VistA, VA’s award-winning electronic health record system, which was the world’s first successful largescale Electronic Health Record implementation, and oversaw the launch of My HealtheVet, VA’s personal health record for veterans. In the mid-nineties, he coordinated emerging telemedicine activities at local VA medical centers prior to the creation of VA’s national Telemedicine Office.
Dr. Kolodner received his A.B. from Harvard, his M.D. from Yale, and completed his psychiatric residency at Washington University in St. Louis. His VA activities also included research and teaching, with clinical faculty appointments at the Emory University School of Medicine, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Kolodner is board certified in psychiatry, a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Lifetime Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.
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