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Steven Waldren

Kansas City, Missouri Area

I am a family physician informaticist. I hold a Masters in Health Informatics from the Univ. of Missouri and a Medical Degree from the University of Kansas. I have helped the AAFP increase the adoption of electronic health records in their membership for 10% to 40%+ over a 3 year period; and to over 80% now.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Health IT Policy

    I have worked in the federal health IT policy space for the last 12 years.

    • Regulatory
    • Other
    • Ambulatory
    • primary care
  • Health IT Standards

    I was one of the original contributors to the ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR) standards and was an editor of the original HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD).

    • Regulatory
    • HL7-CDA-CCD or interfacing
  • Primary Care and Physician Adoption

    My career has been focused on the adoption of health IT within primary care. At the AAFP, I have worked to drive the adoption of health IT within our membership of family physicians.

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Physician Practice

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery


  • Director, Alliance for eHealth Innovation

    American Academy of Family Physicians | April 2014 - Current

    With nearly 80 percent of our family physician members now using electronic health records (EHRs) in their practices, it’s time for the AAFP to increase its focus on helping family physicians to optimize their EHR investments so that they can achieve the triple aim of improving population health, enhancing the patient experience and reducing health care costs. For these reason, the new focus will be on the sociotechnical systems needs to support family physicians and their teams to achieve the triple aim. Including this new focus is the change of the new of the Center for Health IT to the Alliance for eHealth Innovation.

  • Co-founder

    New Health Networks | December 2012 - Current

    The research that lead to The CURE Project will reshape and greatly improve, the current generation of health IT systems, especially those that capture, update, report and exchange (CURE) health information. The What, Why and How are at:

  • Board Member

    National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) | December 2011 - Current

    To advance the field of integration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. The Academy is to serve as a national resource and coordinating center for those interested in behavioral health and primary care integration. AHRQ’s vision for the Academy is to support the collection, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of actionable information that is useful to providers, policymakers, investigators, and consumers.

  • Vice-chair, E31 Health Informatics Committee

    ASTM International | December 2008 - Current

    I volunteer as a vice-chair to this committee, which is responsible for the development of health care IT standards for data capture, management, security, and privacy