Brian Ahier is a nationally recognized expert on health IT with a focus on data exchange, population health, and analytics. He is the Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity, a business of Aetna. He worked for eleven years as Health IT Evangelist for Mid-Columbia Medical Center. He served on the Interoperability & HIE Workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee, which made recommendations to the ONC focused on policies that help address implementation challenges and promote a business and regulatory environment supportive of widespread information exchange in support of patient and population care. He is currently a member of the HIMSS Blockchain Workgroup.
Brian sits on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for The Sequoia Project, a non-profit 501(c)(3) working to advance the implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project is responsible for management of the eHealth Exchange, the largest health information exchange network in the country. They also support two other interoperability initiatives, the RSNA Image Share program – in partnership with Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) – and Carequality, a public-private, multi-stakeholder collaborative that has come together to meet the challenge of interoperability.
Brian worked extensively on the Direct Project since its inception and is a founding member of DirectTrust, a collaborative non-profit association of over 140 health information technology and health care provider organizations supporting secure, interoperable health information exchange via the Direct message protocols. Brian is co-chair of the FHIR Workgroup while also participating in the Security and Trust Compliance Committee at DirectTrust.
Brian has worked at the national level with HIMSS North America serving on workgroups that were responsible for drafting language as HIMSS responded to proposed regulations from CMS around the various stages of the EHR Incentive Program (meaningful use), responding to ONC proposed regulations on standards and certification criteria, the ONC RFI on “How to Measure Interoperability,” and drafting a response to CMS on proposed regulations implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Brian served on the HIMSS Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Committee, the Standards Advisory Task Force, and the ConCert by HIMSS Advisory Committee. He has spoken and presented at numerous statewide HIMSS events around the country as well as presenting and moderating panels at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition over the years.
Brian is also a long time member of the eHealth Initiative, an independent, nonprofit organization that engages the multiple stakeholders in health care both at the national level, and within states and communities across the country working to drive improvement in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare by promoting the use of technology and information. He serves on the Advisory Board on Business & Clinical Motivators, the Council of Data Analytics Experts, and the Policy Steering Committee and is currently seated on the Leadership Council.
Brian is a member of HL7 and currently serves on the Payer Workgroup, which is developing use cases for the deployment of transaction standards enabling the exchange and use of health data between payers and providers. He serves on the Structured Content Workgroup and other standards development efforts and is now involved in work on the emerging HL7 FHIR standard, with a specific focus on utilizing open API’s as a means to query Healthcare Directories.
In 2017 Brian was honored by winning the Digital Health Evangelist award presented by Goldman Sachs, Square 1 Bank, Fenwick & West and the venture capital firm Rock Health. He has been a strong advocate for the intelligent use of digital health tools to improve people’s health and wellness, working within the startup community to promote mobile health solutions both consumer and clinician facing apps.