From helping create one of the most influential emergency medicine websites in the world to bringing Baxter Healthcare Corporation into the medical sensor space, Dr. Jon Handler has long experience driving innovation in healthcare. That’s why Dr. John Vozenilek wanted the digital innovation expert to join OSF’s innovation team.
“Jon has a lot of experience in bridging the language gap between technologists and physicians,” said Dr. Vozenilek, Vice President and Medical Director of Innovation and Digital Health. “As a physician and clinical informant, he efficiently and effectively brings together different disciplines to generate great ideas.”
Dr. Handler will be the first Senior Fellow to join OSF HealthCare. In this role, he will support each of OSF’s innovation labs and act as a strategic advisor to OSF’s innovation leadership. It will help drive efforts to develop breakthrough innovation, transforming care for those the organization serves. Dr. Handler also wants to explore new areas of development.
Passion for technology and data
Dr. Handler trained as an emergency medicine physician in Washington, DC As part of a four-year residency program, he was able to subspecialize in clinical informatics.
“In the early 1990s, before the web was widely available and more than 20 years before clinical informatics became a board-certified specialty, I was fortunate enough to train with some of the founders of the emergency medicine informatics, ”said Dr. Manipulator. “They encouraged me to pursue this field of study. As soon as I started applying information technology and data to healthcare, I knew that would be the passion of my life. “
Dr. Handler brought his passion with him to various entities. Meanwhile in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, created and implemented software that digitally modernized and helped significantly improve the service provided by your emergency department. He also co-developed one of the most influential emergency medicine websites of that decade.
Then joined MedStar Health National Institute of Medical Informatics. While there, he helped develop a combined electronic medical record and analysis system that was widely deployed at Medstar and elsewhere. This includes a local non-profit clinic that serves low-income residents in the DC area. It was the first hospital clinical system to send data to the BioSense Platform of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was deployed for biosurveillance in the Command Center of the US Department of Health and Human Services..
When Microsoft acquired the system, Dr. Handler joined the company and led the development of its first commercial product built specifically for the healthcare company. Dr. Handler later became the chief implementation architect for the company’s healthcare solutions group, where he guided clients in their work to turn data into value.
“Our system was an important element in making Mayo Clinic the first certified patient-centered medical home in the state of Minnesota,” said Dr. Manipulator. “We helped Providence Healthcare launch an early warning system for patients at risk of decompensation while in the hospital. We also provided the technology infrastructure for the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange, a network that made patient care easier and reduced costs of care. That job was very satisfying for me. “
Following Microsoft, Dr. Handler joined M * Modal where he led several projects, including the development of real-time computer-aided medical documentation software for the EMR. Then joined Baxter Healthcare Corporation where he designed and helped lead the execution of the digital strategy for the company. Over the past year, Dr. Handler formed his own healthcare technology and consulting company before joining OSF.
“After visiting OSF’s innovation space, I was impressed with the organization’s commitment to its mission,” said Dr. Manipulator. “I was also excited about the dedication of the hospital system not only to provide care as it has always been done, but to find new and better ways to provide care.”
The way to follow
As the world becomes even more digitally enabled and technology driven, so must healthcare organizations wanting to provide the best possible care to people wherever they are and in the most efficient way. The adoption of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, applications and digital technologies is of the utmost importance.
OSF HealthCare is already moving in this direction. With the help of a digital innovation expert, OSF Innovation can take that work one step further and consider opportunities you may not have considered before. Dr. Handler is excited about the prospects.
“OSF HealthCare is widely recognized for its work to create and implement transformative clinical innovations, its commitment to patients, and its dedication to the populations they serve,” said Dr. Manipulator. “I strive to do the same. When my personal mission matches my workplace mission, it fits perfectly. “