Adrian Gropper, MD, is a pioneer in patient-centered and patient-controlled health records on the Internet. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School. Early work on telemedicine and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) with Massachusetts General Hospital also introduced him to MIT’s Guardian Angel project that many consider the parent of many of today’s patient-facing technologies. In 1995, Gropper founded AMICAS as the first Web-based radiology PACS and the first to provide direct links to diagnostic imaging in electronic health records.
Gropper founded MedCommons in 2004 to develop software for image-enabled, patient-centered health records supporting all of a patient’s caregivers. MedCommons takes the patient-centered vision to cloud computing and has been showcased by Amazon Web Services and EMC. Gropper participated in many early standardization efforts including IHE, HITSP, Liberty Alliance (for federated identity management) and the Continuity of Care Record steering committee. He also serves on the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee for Information Technology and Markle Foundation panels. Currently he participates as a patient-access advocate in the NHIN Direct Project and consults on image-enabling patient portals, NHIN secure messages and electronic health records as well as health information technology in the cloud.