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Lee Barrett has been helping set standards for digital healthcare data management since the early ’90s. As the Executive Director and CEO of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), he continues to shape the industry as it embraces technology and protects itself against cyberattacks.
In the final episode of “There’s a Better Way: Smart Talk on Healthcare & Technology,” Melanie Marcus talks with Lee Barrett, a self-described health IT guru and bowtie aficionado. Lee heads EHNAC, a nonprofit standards development and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. In this role, he works on initiatives that lay the foundation for health information technology, including support and implementation of healthcare legislative mandates. Under his leadership, EHNAC also prepares healthcare organizations to better prevent and protect themselves from breaches in security.
As he’s been quoted: “It’s not a matter of if your organization will be cyberattacked—it’s a matter of when.” In fact, according to a recent Fierce Healthcare article, healthcare data breaches reached an all-time high in 2021, impacting 45 million Americans.
Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer, Surescripts
Marcus joined Surescripts in 2017, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of marketing, technology and healthcare. Based in our Arlington, Virginia, office, she loves serving as “chief storyteller” and hosts Surescripts’ award-winning podcast, There’s A Better Way: Smart Talk on Healthcare and Technology, helping people understand how technology unites our fragmented healthcare system. Marcus is passionate about leading an organizational focus on “customer obsession” where we put customer value first as we work to increase patient safety, lower costs and ensure quality care. Marcus currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Sequoia Project and the Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer. She also serves as NCPDP Foundation's National Advisory Council (NAC) Chair for Role and Value of the Pharmacist.
Executive Director and CEO, Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)
Barrett works on initiatives that lay the foundation for health information technology, including support and implementation of healthcare legislative mandates. He serves as Chair of the National Trust Network Data Sharing and Cybersecurity Task Group. Barrett speaks nationally about security, privacy and cybersecurity risk management as well as the 21st Century Cures Act, TEFCA and FHIR.