"Transformation of clinical information systems will be driven by HIT standards."
Liora Alschuler
President & CEO

Liora Alschuler is a developer of XML-based standards for the exchange of electronic healthcare information, and a consultant in their application to providers and system vendors. In 1997, she led the project that produced the design of the first XML-based exchange specification for healthcare—the Health Level Seven (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA).

As CEO, Liora oversees the company’s implementation of standards-based solutions for the nation’s largest healthcare providers and public health agencies. She provides leadership on projects with clients such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and commercial clients, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, McKesson, and GE.

Liora is an active volunteer promoting healthcare interoperability. She co-founded and served on the executive committee for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Health Story Project, which develops and promotes the adoption of information technology standards. Liora served on the HL7 International Board of Directors 2005-2008, and as co-chair of the HL7 Structured Documents Work Group. She is a frequent guest speaker at industry events.

Q & A

What technological advancement can you not live without?

My electric tea kettle with variable temperature settings.

I’d like to travel to:

The Alte Neue Schule in Prague. This is the historical site of the golem (“In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, created entirely from inanimate matter.” [Wikipedia] and the model for both the sorcerer’s apprentice and Frankenstein.) It is also the origin of my family name.

My favorite quote is:

“The key to intelligent tinkering is to keep all the parts.” Aldo Leopold

My favorite movie is:

Steve Martin’s The Jerk, 1979, directly by Carl Reiner.