Former ONC Interoperability Manager Erica Galvez joins Aledade

'The work that we’re doing is ultimately about people'
By Jessica Davis
10:46 AM
Information highway

Aledade, the ACO-focused startup launched by Farzad Mostashari, MD, announced Monday that Erica Galvez, former interoperability portfolio manager at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, will become the company's director of health information exchange.

Galvez led the ONC team that developed the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. Her first point of agenda at Aledade is a continued push for better ADT data streaming.

"With Aledade my laser focus is the very last data stream ADT," Galvez told Healthcare IT News. "Starting with hospitals, so primary care physicians can get data from their patients for the best possible care.

Galvez has spent the majority of her career focusing on ways to improve patient care by empowering healthcare providers. She hopes to translate her interoperability background into an actionable plan.

"We're at a point where we need not only need to put that plan into action, but to make it happen on the front lines," Galvez says. "This is the right time to put that into motion. And Aledade is the right place for that."

Aledade was founded in 2014 by Mostashari with a focus on supporting independent, primary care physicians creating and or running ACOs. They provide healthcare technology, business transformation services and upfront capital.

Galvez sees technology as one of the roadblocks to interoperability, along with patient trust. She noted the importance of getting the information into the right hands. And while, "talking and planning is important, there comes a point where we need to stop talking and get the job done."

Once Galvez has ensured all ACOs have data flows in 2015 and 2016, she anticipates a "rapid expansion" of Aledade, with even more ACOs joining in the coming year.

Galvez intends to focus her time at Aledade on people: "We tend to get caught up in technology, but at the end of the day, we're also about outcomes; to make sure we have as healthy a population as possible," she says.