Dr. Helga Rippen
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Rippen She has unique expertise in healthcare, analytics, disease management, population health and health information technology. Her experience spans all aspect of technology and healthcare, including treating patients, basic research, product development, implementation, clinical outcomes and national policy development. Dr. Rippen has leveraged her expertise, roles and understanding as an effective change agent, strategist, visionary leader, problem solver, communicator and implementer.
A physician and biomedical engineer, Dr.Rippen previously served as President and CEO of Health Sciences South Carolina, a statewide biomedical research collaborative composed of health systems, universities and medical schools. Prior to this, she was the chief health information officer and vice president of Westat’s INSIGHT, Center for Health Information Technology, providing consulting services to government and private sector clients. She was the chief health information officer and vice president of Health Information Technology (HIT) for HCA, leading development of the clinical EHR Program. She was a senior advisor for HIT for the Secretary’s office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she was involved with the creation of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT. Previously, she was director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute for RAND supporting the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, director of HIT for Pfizer Health Solutions and founder of the HIT Institute for Mitretek Systems (now Noblis), a prominent Washington, D.C.-based non-profit group. She has been involved with all aspects of HIT, including system design, implementation and clinical adoption.
For many years, Dr. Rippen has been a leader in health informatics and use of related technologies. She worked with diverse groups such as physicians and patients on a variety of topics ranging from ranging from Electronic Health Records (EHR) roadmap development and adoption across physician offices, hospitals and other healthcare entities. She has worked on healthcare quality and reporting, disease management, ethics, a national health information infrastructure, usability, privacy and patient control. She led the conceptualization, prototype development and implementation of many consumer tools. Dr. Rippen has presented to numerous wide-ranging audiences and has published in many trade and peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Rippen was a founding member of the eHealth Initiative and the Internet Healthcare Coalition, serving as chairperson of the Board. She has served on the boards of the Integrated Healthcare Coalition and the Alliance for Public Technology; and chaired the IEEE’s medical technology policy committee and several editorial review panels. Dr. Rippen was a leader in establishing an international code of eHealth ethics and guidelines for assessing the quality of health information on the Internet.
Dr. Rippen earned her medical degree, with honors, from the University of Florida, and completed her medical residency training at Johns Hopkins University in General Preventive Medicine, where she also earned her Masters in Public Health with a focus on health policy and management.
Dr. Rippen obtained her PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University. She completed numerous prestigious fellowships working at the Max Plank Institute for Biochemistry, University of British Columbia and U.S. Agency for International Development. She is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine with medical licenses in Maryland and Virginia. Dr. Rippen is also certified in Clinical Informatics. Her medical training included internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine and intensive care.