Jaffe first HL7 CEO

ANN ARBOR, MI – In its 20-year history, Health Level 7 never had a CEO.

But sensing the growing need for a goodwill ambassador, the HL7 board of directors pursued – and, after an eight-month search, hired – Charles Jaffe, MD as its new chief executive.

The standards group officially introduced Jaffe at HIMSS07 in New Orleans.

Jaffe’s experience as a physician, combined with his longtime HL7 membership and association with Intel’s Digital Health Group, gives him the well-rounded background necessary to build bridges between the organization and its stakeholders, said Wes Rishel, a board member who helped lead the search.

Jaffe said his mission is to develop relationships “with everyone who makes technology work” and that he’s comfortable working with both the clinical and technical sectors.

 “I can serve as a go-between for the IT, healthcare and business communities,” he said. “I plan to devote a significant portion of my time to our affiliates around the globe.”

Jaffe’s other priority is to “help define the evolution of the organizational structure HL7 has created,” and he vowed “to be more responsive to stakeholders.”

Jaffe completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins and Duke University and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University. Prior to joining Intel, he was vice president of Life Sciences at SAIC, director of medical informatics at AstraZeneca and president of the consulting firm InforMed.

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