"To transform healthcare, we need systems which improve decision-making for all stakeholders."
Lisa Nelson
Senior Informaticist

Lisa Nelson is a medical informatics consultant with over 20 years of experience in the development and use of health information technology (HIT) standards supporting system integration and data interoperability. She worked on the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Consolidation Project and several Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework initiatives, and implemented annual updates for the electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for the Meaningful Use (MU) incentive program. She is an active member of several Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) domains, Health Level Seven (HL7) work groups, and S&I Framework initiatives. She is a contributing author on multiple national standards for the use and exchange of digital health records and clinical quality measures (CQMs), including the HL7 CDA specification for patient-generated documents. She provides technical support for multiple pilot projects to demonstrate the use of standards that facilitate data interoperability.

At Lantana, Lisa provides technical consulting and industry leadership. She leverages her experience to support health information exchanges, HIT solution vendors, payers, and public health agencies. For the past five years, Lisa supported the National Center for Health Statistics in their development of health information exchange standards for Vital Records. She supported the development of several HL7 CDA Implementation Guides and IHE Profiles for Vital Records and Death Reporting and for Birth and Fetal Death Reporting. In 2014, NCHS commissioned Lisa to use the emerging Clinical Quality Language (CQL) standard to express needed data transformations to the collection of data for their Hospital Care Survey Forms. Her findings demonstrated the value of using CQL to leverage machine extraction of EHR data and re-use of Vital Records. It also proposed new methods of collecting NCHS survey information via digital forms encoded with standard data element definitions and CQL-based derivation rules.

Lisa was a member of the core management team for two of Inc. 500’s fastest-growing firms. She currently serves on the board of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). In 2011, she founded the Janie Appleseed Network (JanieAppleseed.net), an initiative that fosters consumer health literacy and transforms consumer needs into the technical requirements needed to improve the functioning of HIT systems. She is an advocate for creating systems that give consumers greater access to, and control of, their electronic health information.

Q & A

If you had a super power, what would it be?

I wish I had built time-turner capabilities so I could be in more than one place at the same time. Hermione Granger had this ability in the Harry Potter series and I believe it would give a real advantage.

What was your first job?

Working for my mom. She kept a list of jobs I could do for pay on the refrigerator and when I needed money, I could pick something to do off the list. She was a tough inspector, so I learned a lot about quality workmanship by working for her.

My favorite quote is:

“Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan to do more than you can do, then do it. Hitch your wagon to a star, then keep your seat and there you are.” The first time I heard this, it was attributed to Roger Babson, but I have since found a similar version attributed to Anonymous.