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Tonya Hongsermeier
Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Dr. Hongsermeier currently serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer of IT@Lahey Health at Beth Israel Lahey Health.  She studied medicine at Boston University and trained in Internal Medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital. In the course of medical practice, she realized the challenges presented by the “managed care” movement to patient care.

 

She obtained an MBA from BU’s School of Management to better understand how to bridge the caregivers and the accountants in healthcare. After graduating, she served in a variety of positions in industry ultimately finding her way into technology as a backbone for a learning, continuously improving, patient-centered, digital healthcare system. Her prior positions in informatics include senior roles at InterQual, Cerner Corporation and Partners Healthcare. There she led the development of a renowned Clinical Decision Support and Knowledge Management team within the Clinical Informatics Research and Development Group and implemented a variety of leading-edge tools and governance structures to improve the embedding of clinical knowledge in electronic health records and, thereby, the utilization of evidence-based practices by Partners clinicians.  Her team implemented a collaboration and content management platform before there was Facebook.

 

She served as a Team Lead on the government-funded Clinical Decision Support Consortium, Advancing Clinical Decision Support research project, and Health eDecisions Initiative. She also served as the inaugural co-chair for the Semantic Web Healthcare-Life Sciences Special Interest Group for the World Wide Web Consortium under Tim Berners-Lee which is a foundation for deep-learning architectures in medicine.  She currently serves on the Joint MHA-MMS Taskforce on Physician Burnout.  Her focus remains on ensuring that our caregivers and patients have access to the best data, tools and wisdom for achieving health and wellness.