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Andrew VanZee: Gathering Patient Data Together, Making It More Accessible to Patients, and HIPAA

Andrew VanZee, MHA, FACHE, Statewide Health IT Director for Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), explains how data from multiple centers can be brought together to help clinicians gain a more complete perspective on their patients. The state of Indiana is already developing one such program with over 90 hospitals involved. He also talks about how data can be made more available to patients, encouraging them to be more active in their own care, and that HIPAA does not apply when patients wish to access their own data.

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Andrew VanZee, MHA, FACHE, Introduction

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Andrew VanZee, MHA, FACHE, serves as the Statewide Health IT Director for Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). VanZee is responsible for managing the allocation of the $10.3 million ARRA HIT funding the state received in March 2010. VanZee oversees Indiana’s state designated entity, the Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT) and its Board of Directors and works to determine the best use for the HIT funding. He is responsible for working with local, state, federal and private partners to build collaboration with Indiana’s other ARRA health information exchange (HIE) funding recipients such as the Regional Extension Centers and the Beacon Community grant awarded to the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). VanZee ensures that FSSA’s Medicaid HIT efforts are properly coordinated and integrated with all statewide HIE / HIT initiatives.

Prior to joining FSSA, VanZee spent his professional career in hospital settings in a variety of roles and responsibilities. VanZee has over 10 years of experience most recently serving as Vice President of Provider Networks and Operations at Logansport Memorial Hospital (LMH) for seven years. During his tenure, LMH realized significant revenue growth, cost reductions and operational efficiencies within the outpatient departments.

VanZee has led several large information technology implementation projects including diagnostic imaging digital conversion and physician office electronic medical records. He has held positions in the quality resource department of a Health Maintenance Organization and as an emergency medical technician/emergency response technician. Additionally, he has had oversight responsibilities for physician services, radiology, laboratory, imaging, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and cardiac rehabilitation.

Board certified in healthcare management, VanZee is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. His affiliations include serving on the Board of Trustees for five community organizations, holding several advisory roles and mentoring youth through sports. VanZee received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Knox College, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.