William Braithwaite, MD, PhD, FACMI, is the Chief Medical Officer at Anakam Inc. He has dedicated his career to improving the quality and efficiency of health care for patients and practitioners through information technology, but is best known as the author of the Administrative Simplification Subtitle of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and as a major contributor to the subsequent regulations setting federal standards for transactions, code sets, identifiers, security, and privacy of personal health information.
Before joining Anakam, Braithwaite served as Chief Medical Officer of the eHealth Initiative and its Foundation, providing clinical and technical insight for its programmatic and evaluation activities. He also staffed the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) to help produce the June 2004 report, “Revolutionizing Health Care Through Information Technology.” He serves as Policy Committee Co-chair and member of the Steering Committee of the Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health Project, and as a Board member of Health Level Seven (HL7).
Braithwaite contributed to the Markle Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information.