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Rob McCready

Rob McCready

Mr. McCready leads a program of healthcare information technology projects at the MITRE Corporation. Mr. McCready is dedicated to ensuring the delivery of transformative outcomes across the United States Department of Health and Human Services through open source solutions. Mr. McCready has more than 15 years of experience leading software development projects supporting health informatics and healthcare data interoperability.

Mr. McCready's portfolio of Health IT projects spans the Tacoma project responsible for the Quality Data Model (QDM) for expressing Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). Tacoma is also responsible for developing a standard for unifying of CQM and Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and an open source tool for testing and verifying behavior of Meaningful Use Stage 3 CQMs via “Bonnie”. Mr. McCready’s portfolio also includes MITRE’s involvement in the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) program, as well as Privacy and Security recommendations to the nationally recognized Health Information Technology Policy Committee.
In 2010, Mr. McCready was responsible for leading the "popHealth" project for Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). popHealth is a CQM reference implementation for the Meaningful Use program. In 2013, Mr. McCready was the project leader for a new popHealth activity supporting the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) CQM.

Mr. McCready has been the project leader for MITRE's "Cypress" project. Cypress is the rigorous and repeatable tool used for testing Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and EHR modules for certification of the MU Stage 2 CQMs. Cypress is open source and freely available for use or adoption by the health IT community, including EHR vendors and testing labs. Since January 2nd, 2013 Cypress has served as the official testing and certification tool for the 2014 EHR certification program for ONC.

Mr. McCready was the principle investigator leading the research and development project "Kamira", an open source framework to evaluate CQMs against complexity, financial costs, and availability of patient-level data. Mr. McCready was also the principal investigator leading the open source EHR testing and certification tool, "Laika". From 2007 - 2010, Laika has been the testing framework used by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology as part of its EHR certification process. Mr. McCready has also led research in data communication protocols for home-based medical devices, and developed prototypes to support device interoperability via the MITRE HealthStation and HealthCard.

Mr. McCready is a trusted advisor for senior federal government leaders within both ONC, as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the design, development and infrastructure needed for CQMs and EHR systems. Mr. McCready has been a member of the CCHIT, Health Level Seven International (HL7), and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Mr. McCready holds a bachelors degree in physics from Boston College, and a masters degree in computer science from Boston University.