Alumni Achievement Award nominee:
In the healthcare field, improved response times and accurate patient information can save lives. That’s the business of Joseph Dal Molin, a 1976 Geography graduate and an established global leader in the implementation of Electronic health records (EHR) worldwide.
In short, EHR is a systematized collection of electronically stored health information about an individual patient or a population. These records are shared across different health care settings to enhance response time and thoroughness of medical care where they are deployed.
Joseph is the President of E-Cology, a corporation that uses and develops open source technologies and collaborative, evidence-based information and communication technology innovation to support public and private sector clients. But he began his career developing IT strategies to support Alberta Environment’s various departments in the development and implementation of air and water quality monitoring. In the late 80's he shifted from natural systems to promoting sustainable and effective human health systems. This led to his work with EHR.
As co-founder and current chairman of the board of WorldVistaA , a US charitable non-profit that facilitates the adoption and open source improvement of the US Veterans Administration's open source electronic health record, VistA. Joseph helped established the international open source community for VistA which has led to its implementation in hospitals in India, Jordan, Africa, and Pakistan. For this pioneering work, he was co- recipient of Wired Magazine's, 2007 Rave Award for Medicine.
Joseph’s continued dedication, commitment to putting the citizen/patient first, and vast knowledge leveraging technology to improve health has earned him an international reputation as a leader and founder of the open source and open innovation movement in healthcare. He was engaged by Jordan's Royal Hashemite Court to develop an open source EHR software adaptation and implementation plan for Jordan's national e-health infrastructure. As chief adviser and consultant, reporting to King Abdullah II's personal physician, he facilitated the establishment of Electronic Health Solutions, the public sector owned non-profit chartered to implement and support the implementation of WorldVistA EHR across all of Jordan's public hospitals, becoming self-sustaining in less than two years.
In the United States, Joseph led the national VistA Office EHR software development initiative funded by US Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, which was initiated through a presidential executive order. The goal was to make a high quality affordable EHR system available to ‘safety net’ hospitals and clinics across the US.
Joseph also managed the development of an EHR to support an addiction treatment and HIV/AIDS program for Vietnam while leading a ground-breaking project for the Harvard Medical School’s SMART initiative enabling integration of substitutable “apps” for the VistA HER. He also developed the business plan for SPIRIT open innovation collaborative, the first European Commission funded open source healthcare initiative.
Joseph is currently working with the Mohawk College MEDIC team to help manage the development and deployment of a multi-platform software system to support a Gates Foundation funded national immunization program for children.