Friday, November 12, 2010

Featured Physician Executive: Daniel Russler, M.D.

Each week, we feature a physician executive here on This week's featured physician executive is Dr. Dan Russler.

Daniel C. Russler, M.D., is vice president of clinical informatics for Oracle. His current role at Oracle includes creating strategies for healthcare standards, healthcare training, and new product development in healthcare intelligence and healthcare information exchange. Dr Russler also played a key role in the development of the HL7 Reference Information Model for HL7 Version 3 and is past member and Treasurer of the Board of HL7. He gives frequent tutorials on HL7 requirements definition and modeling and the use of HL7 standards in the IHE document sharing architecture. Most recently, he has been contributing to the development of technical specifications for the Nationwide Health Information Network.

Previously, Dr Russler joined McKesson (then HBOC) in late 1995 and became vice president of clinical technology, specializing in clinical data repositories and J2EE portal development in healthcare. During this period, he was co-chair of the HL7 Patient Care TC, which introduced the HL7 Care Provision Domain along with Care Record Messages and models for problems, allergies, care plans, goals, and CCD documents. While co-editor of the IHE Patient Care Coordination TC, the first IHE CDA document specifications were introduced, and the CDA templateID model was invented.

Prior to McKesson, he focused on primary care including private family medicine, hospice medicine, long-term care medicine and acute care medicine. Dr Russler held various administrative positions ranging from clinical to information systems, including associate administrator of hospital medical clinics and information systems.

Dr Russler earned bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and trained in family practice at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Practice.

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