James M. Walker, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Information Officer
Geisinger Health System
James Walker, MD, is an internationally recognized lecturer, consultant, and thought leader in the fields of electronic healthcare record (EHR) development and usability.
He is presently the Chief Medical Information Officer of the Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania, where he leads Geisinger's development of integrated outpatient, inpatient, and patient EHRs.
With Frank Richards, he leads a $1.5 million AHRQ grant for creating a regional healthcare information network in rural Pennsylvania. He practices internal medicine and has published numerous journal articles and a widely used book, Implementing an Electronic Health Record System in Health Informatics Series (Springer-Verlag, 2005).
In addition to leading the development of the Central Penn Healthcare Information Collaborative (a RHIO), he led the organization of the Pennsylvania e-Health Initiative, serving as a charter board member. He has provided briefings to the National Health Policy Forum, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, MedPAC, and Pennsylvania House and Senate committees. Dr. Walker is also a fellow with the American College of Physicians. He serves on the Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine, the Medical Informatics Sub-Committee of the American College of Physicians, and the Ambulatory Functionality Work Group, Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT).
Walker received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania before training in internal medicine at the Penn State Medical Center. He completed a National Library of Medicine fellowship in medical informatics.