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Dr. Walter G. Suarez

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Phone: (301) ***-****  
Email: w***@***.org
Local Address:  Silverspring , Maryland , United States
Kaiser Permanente
2000 Broadway
Oakland , California 94612
United States

Company Description: The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducts, publishes and disseminates epidemiologic and health services research to improve the health and medical care of...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MD
  • MPH
  • Master , Public Health
    Tulane University
  • medical degree
    Colombian School of Medicine
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Walter Suarez
Walter Suarez
Executive Director, Health IT Strategy and Policy, Kaiser Permanente
Prominent health IT and policy leader, ..., 9 Nov 2015 [cached]
Prominent health IT and policy leader, Walter G. Suarez, MD, MPH, receives the prestigious accolade for his influential role in the industry WEDI logo
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I am deeply honored and very grateful and humbled to receive this prestigious award from WEDI - both for what it represents, but especially for the person it is named after," said Dr. Suarez
RESTON, Va. (PRWEB) November 09, 2015
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation's leading authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announces the 2015 recipient of its 2015 Sullivan Award. Walter G. Suarez, MD, MPH, Executive Director of Health IT Strategy and Policy of Kaiser Permanente was presented the award at WEDI-Con 2015 in Reston, Va. on Wednesday, October 28. Chosen by the WEDI Board of Directors, this award recognizes Suarez's continuing efforts in advancing the efficiency of healthcare.
"I am deeply honored and very grateful and humbled to receive this prestigious award from WEDI - both for what it represents, but especially for the person it is named after," said Dr. Suarez.
Dr. Suarez will join a notable group of industry leaders that have received the award since 2001, which includes George Halvorson, former CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Michael Leavitt and Tommy Thompson, both former secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation; John Halamka, M.D. chief information officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School; Jon Zimmerman, General Manager, Clinical Business Solutions at GE Healthcare and Lorraine Doo, Senior Policy Advisor at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
"Walter has been a long-time advocate of innovation surrounding health IT, as well as a long-time active member of WEDI," said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, President and CEO, WEDI.
Dr. Suarez is a physician and a public health and medical information systems specialist, and the Executive Director of Health IT Strategy and Policy for Kaiser Permanente, where he is responsible for facilitating the development of Kaiser Permanente's internal and external Health IT-related policies and providing national and international leadership and expertise on health IT-related domains, including standards for electronic health records, health care administrative processes, privacy and security, and health information exchanges, on behalf of Kaiser Permanente.
Before joining Kaiser, Dr. Suarez was the President and CEO of the Institute for HIPAA/HIT Education and Research. Prior to this he was the CEO of the Midwest Center for HIPAA Education and before that the Executive Director and CEO of the Minnesota Health Data Institute. He also worked for the Minnesota Department of Health in various senior policy positions.
In 2009, Dr. Suarez was appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve in the prestigious National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), the oldest advisory committee to HHS. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as co-chair of the Standards Sub-Committee and member of the Population Health and the Privacy and Security Sub-Committees. In 2015, Dr. Suarez was appointed the Chair of NCVHS.
Dr. Suarez earned his medical degree from the Colombian School of Medicine and his Master in Public Health from Tulane University. He has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards, including the Minnesota Physician's "Most Influential Health Care Leaders" in 1997 and 1998, the WEDI 2004, 2006 and 2007 Distinguished Service Award and the first recipient of WEDI's prestigious "Andrew H. Melczer" Excellence in Volunteerism Award, in 2005.
Public Health Data Standards Consortium PHDSC - Activities, 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Walter Suarez, President
Moderator: Walter Suarez, MCHE
Walter Suarez
Walter Suarez, MCHE and PHDSC
"We are reaching out to a ..., 23 May 2008 [cached]
"We are reaching out to a wide range of audiences to explain the value of HITSP and its work products," explained Dr. Walter Suarez, co-chair of the HITSP-ECO Committee and president and CEO of the Institute for HIPAA/HIT Education and Research.
WEDI - Strategic National Implementation Process (SNIP), 5 Sept 2011 [cached]
Background papers courtesy of Walter Suarez, MD, Executive Director of the Minnesota Health Data Institute and the Minnesota Electronic Commerce Healthcare Users Group (MEHUG).
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