ALISTAIR ERSKINE, MD, is chief informatics officer at Geisinger Health System. He is responsible for sequencing innovative technologies, harmonizing data across the clinical care, research and health plan enterprise, and activating patients in a manner congruent with emerging patient consumerism. Dr. Erskine heads the Division of Informatics which engages staff in the design and configuration of Geisinger’s clinical information systems and evolves Geisinger’s facilities to take advantage of ultramodern technologies. Informatics staff use open-source, standards-based APIs (HL-7 FHIR®) to contribute to the emerging healthcare web-app ecosystem. Dr. Erskine oversees Geisinger’s unified data architecture, a hedged data management environment powered by Hadoop/Big Data and traditional relational database systems to ensure that data collected as a by-product of clinical, and research investigation are accessible for new discovery and appropriate secondary use. Dr Erskine is the program director of Geisinger’s ACGME accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship program and participates on several clinical informatics research grants (e.g. PCORI, NIH).
Prior to Geisinger, Dr. Erskine was appointed associate dean of medical informatics at Virginia Commonwealth University and was member of the board for the 650-physician Medical College of Physician practice plan. Dr. Erskine conceived of and developed the Office of Clinical Transformation organization, which moved a 1,000-bed academic medical center from a paper to electronic-based health record system. He was appointed to the Virginia Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission by executive order and was a voting member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee. His informatics team contributed the coveted $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) as the Center of Biomedical Informatics. He presents and publishes on the topic of clinical transformation in peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Erskine spent two years in Doha, Qatar in the Middle East as chief of health informatics at Sidra Medical and Research Center and chaired the Information System committee of Qatar’s Academic Health System. The role in Qatar involved designing a model commercial EHR from the ground up, without legacy systems or technologies.
Dr. Erskine trained at Brown University and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and is double board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He has been practicing hospital medicine for 14 years. He joined Geisinger Health System in September 2013 as chief clinical informatics officer. He is now also board certified in clinical informatics. He is on faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College in the departments of internal medicine and pediatrics, and Ohio State University in the department of biomedical informatics.