Lyle Berkowitz

Director Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program

Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, is an active primary care physician, a medical informatics professional, an innovation expert and an entrepreneur with a passion for creating real world solutions which improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system for both physicians and patients.  Dr. Berkowitz serves as the Medical Director of IT & Innovation for the largest primary care group in the city of Chicago, he is the Founder and Director of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP), and president of an independent healthcare IT strategy consulting firm.  In 2008, HealthLeaders magazine highlighted Dr. Berkowitz as one of the nation’s top “individuals who are making a difference in today’s complex healthcare world” in their annual article on “Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better”.  In 2009, Healthspottr chose him as one of the “Future Health Top 100”, their list of top innovators and change agents in healthcare.  In 2010, his “Change Doctor” blog was voted one of the “Top 50 Healthcare IT Blogs”, and he was a winner of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation’s iSpot Competition for “Ideas that Will Transform Healthcare”.  In 2011, he was named one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticians in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Dr. Berkowitz has researched and consulted in the field of medical informatics throughout his professional career, with a focus on creating tools and strategies to ensure physician and patient adoption of clinical information systems. He has gained national recognition as a well-regarded speaker, as the author of “Physician Adoption Strategies” in the American College of Physician’s book entitled Electronic Medical Records, and as an editorial board member for some of the industry’s top publications, including Healthcare Informatics.  Dr. Berkowitz has been elected into the Fellowship of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), sits on the board of advisors for the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and serves as a physician advisor to the ABC News Medical Unit.

Dr. Berkowitz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and practices Internal Medicine with Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group (NMPG), the largest primary care group in Chicago.  Additionally, as the Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems for NMPG, he oversees their electronic medical record project and Internet strategies.

Dr. Berkowitz is the founder and Program Director for the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP), a non-profit organization with a mission to use creative thinking and diverse technologies to produce a better healthcare experience for patients, physicians and others associated with their care.  Current projects focus on improving Care Coordination, Information Sharing and Data Visualization across a clinical enterprise.

Finally, as the CEO and President of Back 9 Healthcare Consulting, Dr. Berkowitz works with a variety of hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies, eHealth vendors and other similar organizations. As an informatics consultant, Dr. Berkowitz helps these healthcare entities use information technologies and strategies to support their organizational goals. Special interests include Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Internet applications, Change Management Leadership,  Physician Adoption Strategies, Information Process Reengineering, and Innovative Thinking in Healthcare.