He was the nation’s 17th Secretary of Health and Human Services and is in the WFED studios to talk about the twentieth anniversary of a concept that is front page news today: healthcare IT systems and interoperability.
Back in the early 1990’s Dr. Sullivan saw proprietary systems being used for managing healthcare insurance, billing, and clinical information.
His vision was a 10% savings if all these systems could communicate. Back in 1993 this was quite an outrageous concept.
Large vendors at the time wouldn’t consider sitting down at a table and coming up with standards to communicate.