Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, is an experimenter, maker, mentor and consultant in wearable health technologies, drawing on his lifelong experience in the fields of engineering and medicine.
He initially trained in Electronic Engineering (BS, Univ. of Arizona; MS and PhD, Stanford), but after several years in that profession he literally jumped the tracks and headed to medical school. Upon receiving his MD from the University of Miami and completing an Internal Medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University, he practiced Internal Medicine in Portland for 10 years.
Frustrated with paper record-keeping, he taught himself to program an Apple II+ and created one of the first computerized medical records in 1982. It attracted a growing following and a startup company, MedicaLogic, emerged. By 1992 he had to leave medical practice to focus on his CEO duties while the organization grew into one of the pioneer ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) companies. After an IPO in 1999, the company was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2002. The software descendant of Mark’s tinkering lives on as one of the leading ambulatory EHRs.
Searching for his next challenge, Mark served as Chief Medical Officer for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and became involved in health IT policy matters. In 2005, he served as the founding chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an independent 501(c)3 organization that became the first Federally-recognized authority for certification of EHRs. Certification became a key component of the $30 billion Federal incentive program for EHR adoption and meaningful use. He retired from CCHIT in 2010.
Mark now serves the community as a consultant and mentor to entrepreneurs and startups, exploring the applications of wearable technologies for personal health. Having updated his electronics skills, he designs and builds experimental wearable devices for self-tracking and health improvement. He is active in the Quantified Self movement, and currently serves as lead organizer for the Portland chapter.
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