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Featured Expert: Barry Dickman: Program Manager, Battelle Health & Consumer Solutions Team

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Barry Dickman has spent his career helping government agencies find efficiencies though healthcare information technology. Now, he is continuing that work as a Program Manager on the Battelle Health and Consumer Solutions Team.

Barry joined Battelle in June 2016. He is a subject matter expert in the application of Health IT & Analytics solutions in the federal government marketplace and works with Battelle’s many federal clients, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Veterans Administration (VA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Department of Defense (DoD), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

Much of Barry’s career has been devoted to health information technology, standards and interoperability, program and project management support, quality assurance/improvement, HIPAA compliance, enterprise architecture and software development and requirements management. One of his first projects at Battelle is analyzing the public benefit attributable to interoperable health information exchange. He also has plans to develop a concept and strategy for the use of a 3-D visual tool to help improve veterans’ experience with internal services, resources and infrastructure by allowing veterans and their eligible dependents to efficiently obtain comprehensive information from the easy-to-use, visual platform.

Barry continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society of the National Capital Area (HIMSS-NCA) Chapter as the Immediate Past-President. HIMSS is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through IT solutions. HIMSS-NCA is the only federally-focused chapter nationwide. He has also represented the industry as an active member of eHealth Initiative—Interoperability Work Group, and previously with the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA). Barry co-chaired the OSEHRA Interoperability Work Group (IWG) and has been a sought-after consultant on the challenges and barriers to successful interoperability. “Interoperability in healthcare IT systems is very important to ensure that medical records can be securely transferred between providers,” he explains. “Making sure that standards are implemented uniformly across all Electronic Health Record providers and hospital systems is essential to maintaining open, scalable systems and ensuring consistent quality of patient care.”

He also serves on the Planning Committee for the Interoperability Technical Symposium (IOP 2017) and Planning Committee for the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) 2017 National Meeting.

Barry’s work at Battelle keeps him in close contact with the federal agencies and senior executive staff though client engagements, industry events, panels and conferences. He sees opportunity in emerging trends in analytics to help agencies reduce costs, streamline services and take advantage of economies in scale. “My role is really to bring stakeholders from across industry together to ensure that best practices and lessons learned are implemented,” he says. “As a research and development nonprofit charitable trust, I believe we have a fiduciary responsibility to help our agency partners work to identify areas of opportunity to improve the efficacy and efficiency of their programs.” Part of this work will involve identifying and implementing innovative technology, new platforms and applications for cutting-edge analytics programs used in other industries and across Battelle, such as WayFinder and Sematrix.

Prior to joining Battelle, Barry was a Senior Consultant for Inc., a small information technology consulting firm focused on federal civilian, defense and commercial sector clients. While there, he was responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance for programs delivered to the DoD, DHA, VA and other federal agencies. Earlier in his career, Barry served as the Director of Health Solutions for Data Networks Corporation, as a Senior Advisor and Healthcare Consultant for the MITRE Corporation, and as a Project Manager for CTG, Inc.

 Barry’s volunteer community interests include the role of Immediate Past-President, Board of Directors for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Washington Field Office (WFO) Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA). The CAAA is a community based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distinct and separate from the FBI, dedicated to working with the FBI to enhance the quality of life in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The goal of the organization is to foster relationships and understanding between the FBI WFO and the community to improve the FBI’s ability to solve and detect crimes. The CAAA funds several important programs in support of the WFO Community Outreach Program including the Junior Special Agent, Adopt-a-School and Mentoring programs in the DC metro area public schools.

He has authored numerous articles, blogs and newsletters. Barry holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University. He is a credentialed and trained member of the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (OCVMRC), Federal Deployment Operations. He currently serves as an active member and Incident Coordinator with the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corp (MRC).