regulations that address the collective needs of patients and their family caregivers. Throughout Mr. Boutin’s career, he has been highly involved in health advocacy, policy and legislation. He has designed and directed advocacy strategies for legislative initiatives, which have included issues ranging from access to health care to cancer prevention. Before joining the Council, Mr. Boutin most recently served as the Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy at the American Cancer Society for New England. In addition, he was a faculty member at Tufts University Medical School, where he lectured on health care policy.
David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., holds doctoral degrees in both medicine and economics. He earned his M.D. from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. in economics from The Wharton School. He became board certified in internal medicine after an internship and a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and practiced in HIV medicine and immune deficiency until 2002. Dr. Brailer was appointed a Charles A. Dana Fellow and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He founded and was chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of CareScience, Inc., which set a new standard for healthcare quality and accountability by developing the nation’s first online physician and hospital quality reports, the first healthcare Internet-based application service provider, and the first health information exchange. Under his leadership, the company built a network of hospitals and physicians that is still improving quality of care today. In May 2004, President George W. Bush tapped him to be the nation’s change agent and chief evangelist for health information technology (HIT). Dr. Brailer led federal and private-sector efforts to improve healthcare quality, accountability, and efficiency through widespread deployment of HIT. Dr. Brailer was voted the Most Powerful Person in Health Care by the readers of Modern Healthcare in 2004. In just 2 years, Dr. Brailer set the nation’s healthcare industry on a course toward modernized health information standards, certification of health information tools, state-of-the-art information-sharing architectures, and new policies for protection of consumer privacy. He pushed information technology (IT) solutions for adverse drug events, bioterrorism, pandemic flu, and other public health threats. Having set the foundation for the nation’s digital era of medicine in place, Dr. Brailer left the federal government to return to the private sector. In May 2007, Dr. Brailer founded and became chair of Health Evolution Partners, a private equity fund focused on transforming the healthcare industry. Health Evolution Partners finances innovative ways for health care to be financed, organized, and delivered.
Simon P. Cohn, M.D., M.P.H., is the associate executive director of Health Information Policy for The Permanente Federation, Kaiser Permanente.