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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

NKDEP Health Information Technology Working Group

The Health Information Technology Working Group (HITWG) works to enable and support the widespread interoperability of data related to kidney health among healthcare software applications to optimize CKD detection and management. The group aims to provide easy and uniform access to kidney health information that will enable researchers to better understand the national burden of CKD, health care professionals to better care for CKD patients, and people living with kidney disease to better manage their health. The initial focus of the group will be on incorporating CKD data into electronic health records in a consistent and searchable manner.

The HITWG is comprised of kidney health and informatics experts from government, academic, and clinical settings, as well as patient advocates.

Health Information Technology Working Group Members

  • Uptal D. Patel, MD
    HIT Working Group Chair
    National Kidney Disease Education Program
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • Andrew S. Narva, MD, FACP, FASN
    National Kidney Disease Education Program
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Institutes of Health
  • Patrick Archdeacon, MD
    Medical Officer and Transplant Nephrologist
    Division of Special Pathogen and Transplant Products
    Food and Drug Administration
  • Theresa Cullen, MD, MS
    Director of Health Informatics
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Paul Drawz, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension
    University of Minnesota
  • Brenda Hemmelgarn, PhD, MD
    Associate Professor
    Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences
    University of Calgary
  • Ken Kawamoto, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Informatics
    University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Celeste Lee
    Patient Advocate
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Senior Project Manager
    Office of the Provost
    University of Michigan
  • Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
    Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor
    Vice-Chair of Medicine
    University of California San Francisco
    Chief of Medical Services
    San Francisco General Hospital
  • Thomas Sequist, MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Brigham and Women's Outreach Program
  • Kimberly Smith, MD, MS
    Coverage and Analysis Group
    Office of Clinical Standards and Quality
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Desmond E. Williams, MD, PhD
    Associate Branch Chief
    Division of Diabetes Translation
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Page last updated: May 8, 2012