Profile: Doug Rosendale, Cairn CEO and Founder

Doug Rosendale

Doug Rosendale

Doug Rosendale is the CEO and founder of Cairn Corp., a health information technology startup aimed at advancing interoperability and increased use of mobile technology in the healthcare arena.

Before founding Cairn, he served as senior physician adviser for clinical informatics at the Veterans Health Administration‘s office of health information.

He co-chaired the intra-governmental Health IT Innovation/Interoperability Development Environments sub-group for health IT innovation test beds, started by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology and Policy and the National Coordination Office for Networking IT R&D.

He also served on a senior coordination group responsible for founding the Defense-Veterans Affairs departments’ interagency program office, co-established the clinical informatics and requirements division focused on interagency EHRs and the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record.

Rosendale has also served as chief of surgery for the VA’s medical center in Grand Junction.

Rosendale, a board-certified general surgeon and trained in Clinical Informatics at Harvard Brigham and Women Hospital, serves as affiliate faculty at the University of California-San Diego’s medical informatics program.

He was affiliate faculty for the Harvard Decision Systems Group.

Rosendale is a member of the American Quality Alliance’s measures improvement workgroup, an editor for the American Medical Informatics Association’s clinical informatics board certification prep-program and the Medical Device Coordinating Council.

He was recently the federal executive sponsor for the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Committee.

Rosendale currently is a member of the Surgical Quality Alliance, the Ambulatory Quality Alliance and the health and human services secretary’s value exchanges program, and a clinical decision support panel overseeing health research and quality pilot programs at Harvard and Yale Universities.

He was on the executive board for the original VA National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Rosendale was the chair of the surgery discipline and served on the board of governors for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and is a fellow of both the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

He is a recipient of the 2006 American College of Osteopathic Surgeons’ “Presidential Recognition Award” for his contributions on the Surgical Quality Alliance.

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