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Julia Skapik, MD, MPH 

Julia is a board-certified Internist and Clinical Informaticist serving as the Chief Health Information Officer at Cognitive Medical Systems. Currently, she is focused on innovating how to bring high-quality evidence into the point of care and the hands of the patient using effective clinical decision support, quality improvement, and easily extracted, well defined data elements based on detailed clinical models. 

She recently completed more than 6 years of federal service as a Senior Medical Informatics Officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), where she facilitated electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development and testing, led ONC’s role in the creation of the Value Set Authority Center at the National Library of Medicine, acted as the lead technical/clinical advisor on ONC certification and policy on quality measures and transitions of care, and ran the ONC-CMS Tacoma contract to harmonize data elements, models and expression language standards across clinical decision support and eCQMs. 

She came to ONC from an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation and first experienced HIT policy during a Mirzayan Policy Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine in 2007 in Environmental Health Science, Research and Medicine and Evidence-Based Medicine. She completed her M.D. and M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University, her residency in general internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and currently moonlights at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia as a hospitalist. Julia lives in Washington, DC with her nurse informaticist husband, Jeff and their son Jack. Julia’s favorite activities include soccer, biking, cooking, karaoke and chasing the newly mobile little Jack around the city.