Founding Advisor

Next Wave Health Advisors
As Senior Vice President and CIO for 18 years and Sharp team member for over 35 years, Bill led the I.T. strategy for Sharp HealthCare, a leading integrated delivery network.
additional information
"It’s so obvious that if we want to transfer records [between systems], we have to find a way to be sure that they can be matched."

"One of the constraints—we cannot be in a situation where an insurance company or a single provider runs a universal matching or identifier service. It is really a utility."

key insights
  • Error rates can be as high as 20%. There can be 6 to8% error rates internally in one organization. (Correct patient records not found and incorrect patient records found) When merging records acros
  • Existing matching methods, even though increasingly reliable, cost too much time and money for all providers to implement cost-effectively.
  • Two key criteria for contenders to be evaluated against are: 1) affordable: Something that can be appropriated by a government entity that is so inexpensive no one will complain; and 2) inclusive: eve
  • CHIME must retain right to reject all ideas
  • This Challenge and the solution must be attractive to for-profit contenders.