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Class Visitor: Scott Wallace, First President and CEO of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology

  • Date: 02 May
  • Location: Shapiro Classroom
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.

Scott Wallace was the first President and CEO of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology and is currently a Visiting Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. He will serve as a visiting executive in Professor Paul Gardent's and Professor Mike Zubkoff's Structure, Organization and Economics of the Health Care Industry spring elective course. Mr. Do will speak on the topic of "Health IT."

Scott Wallace is a Visiting Professor of Family and Community Medicine at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is also a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Batten Institute and serves as on the faculty for the Harvard Business School’s executive education program on Health Care Strategy.

Scott’s research focuses on employee health as a business strategy and on redefining chronic disease care. Scott works in the U.S., Europe and South America with employers, health care providers, governments and others developing new health benefit and health care models to improve health, stop the progression of chronic diseases and effectively treat chronic medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, hemophilia and organ transplant.

Prior to his affiliations with Dartmouth and the University of Virginia, Scott was the first president and CEO of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. During his tenure at the Alliance from 2003 until 2008, the organization broke new ground in ensuring that health care IT issues were addressed thoughtfully and fairly, with solutions built around the consensus positions that the Alliance helped the field to reach.  In addition, while at the Alliance, Scott co-founded CCHIT, the leading health care IT certification body.

In October of 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Scott as the chairman of the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, an eleven person federal commission created to develop a national health care IT strategic plan.

Scott led several technology-based companies and a business development consulting firm.  He served as president and CEO of Eichrom Industries, an advanced materials and specialty chemical company that earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s 1996 list of the 500 fastest growing companies in America; and co-founder of a venture capital fund. He started his career practicing corporate and transactional law at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago.

Scott earned a juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School, a master’s degree with honors in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University.

Scott served four years as a member of the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, where he chaired the board’s audit committee. He has been named repeatedly to Modern Healthcare magazine’s listing of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care”.

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