COCIT is led by an 11-member Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee are elected by their peers within COCIT.
In addition to the elected members of the Executive Committee, COCIT has established strategic liaison relationships with other member groups within the AAP. These liaisons participate in Executive Committee meetings and play an active role in accomplishing the work of COCIT.
Executive Committee Leadership
Stuart Weinberg, MD FAAP
Dr. Weinberg is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Computer Science, he attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
As fate would have it, the nearby University of Pittsburgh was one of a handful of sites offering training in biomedical informatics through the National Library of Medicine, and he completed a three-year fellowship there after residency under Dr. Randy Miller.
He first became involved with the Section on Computers and Other Technologies (SCOT) in 1990 and had the pleasure of serving on its Executive Committee from 1994-2000. He served on SCOT/SCOCIT/COCIT in additional capacities throughout the years, including Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Computer Lab Coordinator, Nominations Committee Member/Chair, and Vice Chair. He developed and currently maintains the Pediatric Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Review site. He was honored to have received the Byron Oberst Award in 2004.
His interests include clinical decision support, clinical reminders, web services, electronic outpatient whiteboards, immunization registries, personal health records, barcoding, intuitive user interfaces, pediatric-specific applications, and camp informatics. For additional information, please see his Vanderbilt web page at: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/stuartweinberg/
Emily Webber, MD FAAP
Dr. Emily Webber is a pediatric hospitalist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Medical Director for Pediatric Clinical Informatics. She has worked on projects including computer physician order entry (CPOE), optimization of workflow and process, as well as using the EMR to improve patient engagement. Her particular areas of interest include design of clinical decision support and pediatric safety challenges within vendor EMR products. She also has interest in using social media to promote medical education and health issues, and can be found on Twitter via @pedshospdoc.
Dr. Webber is a member of the Cerner Pediatric Leadership Council and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), a graduate of the OSHU 10x10 program, and a board certified pediatrician and clinical informatician.
Executive Committee Members
Gregg Alexander, DO
Dr. Gregg Alexander is a solo pediatrician at Madison Pediatrics in London, Ohio. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical Center.
Dr. Alexander works to advance technology in healthcare through many roles. As Chief Medical Officer for Health Nuts Media, he works to advance health literacy and patient engagement using entertainment (animation, games, apps) with easily understood language and engaging content. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Health Information Partnership, the HIE/REC for the state of Ohio, he also blogs regularly on health information technology for HIStalkPractice.com. He has also provided independent consultant services to a range of companies from private physician practices to EHR vendors to large firms such as Thomson Reuters.
Within the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Alexander sits on the Executive Boards of both COCIT and the Child Health Informatics Center.
Eric Beyer, MD FAAP
Dr. Beyer is a general pediatrician in private practice in Canandaigua, New York, where he lives with his wife, Anne and their three children. He is the current president of AAP NY chapter 1, where he is also web master. In that capacity, he produced and hosted a weekly video podcast. His interest in technology goes back to a community college course in BASIC on the TRS-80 he took in the third grade.
He was also, until recently, chapter breastfeeding coordinator and is a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Anne Francis, MD FAAP
Dr. Anne Francis is a general pediatrician and partner in Elmwood Pediatric Group in Rochester, New York. She has served in the past as Chairperson of the Section on Administration and Practice Management and also as Chairperson of the Private Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee. More recently, she has served as the liaison from COCIT to the Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. She is also active within New York State District 2 on Medical Home and Immunization issues.
Because of her experience with practice management and her conviction that information technology is foundational to improving pediatric care, she sought to be involved with the COCIT and was elected to the executive committee in 2010 and currently serves as the chairperson for the Membership, Outreach and Engagement Subcommittee. She is an advocate for state immunization registries and particularly for seamless transfer of information both between offices and registries but also across state lines.
Eric G. Handler, MD MPH FAAP
Dr. Eric Handler is the Public Health Officer for the County of Orange since August 2006. His previous experience includes serving as the Deputy Secretary for Children's Medical Services for the Florida Department of Health (1996-2000) and Chief Medical Officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families (2000-2003). Most recently he was the Chief Medical Officer for the Boston Regional Office for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2004 to 2006.
During his career, Dr. Handler has held several academic appointments, including Associate Professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Handler received his Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School, completed his Pediatrics training at L.A. County-U.S.C Hospital, and his Master in Public Health at UCLA. He completed a pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital.
Tim Johnson, DO MMM FAAP
Dr. Tim Johnson currently serves on the Executive Committee of COCIT. He serves as Policy Co-Chair for the Council. During his first term on the Executive Committee, he worked on the membership communication subgroup and the policy subcommittee.
Dr. Johnson is the Medical Director for Children's Mercy Integrated Care Solutions (CMICS). CMICS operates multiple integrated pediatric networks that provide care to populations of children in Kansas City for global fee and other value based arrangements. Dr. Johnson speaks frequently about the patient centered medical home, informatics, clinical integration and the future of pediatrics.
Prior to joining CMICS, Dr. Johnson was the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer and a practicing Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician with Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics (CMH). Dr. Johnson completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. He is board certified in general pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and clinical informatics. Dr. Johnson has a Master's Degree in Medical Management from the Heinz school at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to his medical career, Dr. Johnson was a Manufacturing Engineer with Procter & Gamble.
Dr. Johnson continues to maintain a practice in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Eric Kirkendall, MD MBI FAAP
Eric is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He has a Master of Biomedical Informatics degree (Clinical Informatics track) from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Eric is currently the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Cincinnati Children's and works within the Departments of Pediatrics, Information Systems, Biomedical Informatics, and in Patient Safety through the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. His other informatics roles at CCHMC include Subject Matter Expert, Patient Safety team member, physician and administrator liaison. Eric was heavily involved in the design and successful implementation of a new integrated EHR system at CCHMC and continues to evaluate its clinical performance and optimization.
Eric's research interests include using the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to promote patient safety through automated adverse event detection and providing clinical decision support (CDS) in the pediatric medication prescribing process. Previous and ongoing research projects have also focused on user perceptions of EHRs, rapid implementation of evidence-based medicine CDS, and the use of natural language processing to detect iatrogenic harm. Eric is involved with several national collaborative efforts to detect safety events and prevent patient harm through the use of EHR-related tools. He has successfully collaborated with project teams at both the local and national levels, and leads many operational and research groups at CCHMC. Eric also contributes to informatics education at all levels and is the Chair of Education for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT). Eric has been a member of the AAP for over a decade, is currently a Fellow of the AAP, and is a member in good standing in both COCIT and the Section on Hospital Medicine.
Donald Lighter, MD MBA FAAP
Dr. Donald Lighter has been a member of the AAP for 35 years and has served on a number of committees and councils. He was a founding member of the Section on Computers and Other Technologies, the forerunner to COCIT, and was instrumental in starting the technology educational programs at the AAP. Dr. Lighter presently is Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he teaches performance improvement, Lean Six Sigma, and medical informatics. His career has included private and academic pediatric practice, executive leadership positions in health systems and managed care organizations, and development of several physician business entities. A longtime advocate of advanced performance improvement approaches in health care, Dr. Lighter has been an examiner with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, where he now serves as a Judge in the process of identifying world class organizations to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Stephen Morgan, MD FAAP
Dr Stephen Morgan currently holds the position of Senior Clinical Informatician at Partners Healthcare Information Services in the Clinical Informatics Research and Design division. In this role, he serves as a knowledge expert and is responsible for a number of research and development activities at Partners Healthcare, with a focus on clinical decision support in pediatrics. He also maintains an active full time clinical practice in primary care pediatrics in Salem, MA. In each of these roles he strives to blend the concepts of informatics and clinical practice.
Jeffrey Wright, MD, FAAP
Dr Jeffrey Wright is an academic general pediatrician who was among the initial cohort of those board certified in Clinical Informatics. He has over 30 years of experience working on both the hardware and software side of computers. He developed wireless LANs, used tablet PCs, wrote programs for ePrescribing and an EMR that were used in a primary care clinic back in the 1990s. Recently I had the experience of transition to EpicCare. His interests include quality care and outcomes measures, development of medical homes, and education of residents in the use of information technology. His goal is to advocate for tools that both improve patient care, and also improve satisfaction among pediatricians.
Acting Immediate Past Chair
Joseph Schneider, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr Schneider is SVP and Chief Health Information Officer at Indiana University Health. He also provides care for babies and teaches at UT Southwestern/Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He serves on the AAP's Child Health Informatics Center (CHIC) Project Advisory Committee and was one of the original authors of the Continuity of Care Record Standard in 2003.
Dr Schneider has an MD from Emory University and an MBA from Columbia, with 15 years of business experience, including managing a medical device company. In 2014, he achieved board certification in Clinical Informatics. His passions are the families he cares for and the quality, safety, and usability of HIT that will be used to help them have wonderful lives.
Executive Committee Liaison
Dale Alverson, MD, FAAP
Section on Telehealth Care Liaison
Dr Alverson is Professor Emeritus and Regents' Professor at the University of New Mexico, where he is the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth and involved in the planning, implementation, research, and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico, as well as nationally and internationally. He is the CMIO at LCF Research, assisting in their efforts to address the development and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association. He is also deeply involved with collaborative international programs to advance Telehealth and e-Health globally.