Lenel James

by Jasmine Phiri

May 4, 2021

Business Lead, Health Information Exchange and Innovation,
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Lenel is a Business Lead for Health Information Exchange and Innovation at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, on the Health IT team. He is the past co-chair of the HL7 EHR Workgroup, past co-chair of HL7 Payer User Group, and co-author of several HL7 standards. Along the way, Lenel has also received industry recognition:
• 2006 :Award of Merit from WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Exchange) and Member of the Year for HL7
• 2019 recognition as an “HL7 Follow” for over 15 years of participation and leadership
• 2020 election to the HL7 Board for 2021/2021

Lenel also part of the Program Management Office of both the HL7 Da Vinci Project, and Gravity Project, for Social Determinants of Health, and member of the Coordinating Committee for the Office of the National Coordinator’s FHIR-At-Scale Taskforce (ONC FAST).

As part of his 35 years of experience in clinical information systems, and information technology strategic planning, Lenel also spent five years as the Acting Director of Clinical Systems for the IT Department of the third largest public hospital in the USA – giving him a health system and payer perspective on the challenges for the Healthcare industry.