Alistair Erskine, MD is the Chief Digital Health Officer at Partners Healthcare which includes Brigham Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, teaching hospitals for Harvard Medical School. He is responsible for sequencing innovative technologies, harmonizing data across the clinical care, research and health plan enterprise, and activating patients in a manner congruent with emerging patient consumerism. Dr. Erskine heads Partners’ e-Care Division with over 400 application and clinical staff which engages patients, clinicians and researchers in the design and configuration of Partner’s clinical information systems and evolves Partners facilities to take advantage of ultramodern technologies. He also leads Partners digital health strategy including patient-facing application, patient relationship management, telehealth services, secondary use of data and appropriate application of artificial intelligence. He has a teaching appointment at Harvard Medical School to incorporate clinical informatics into the medical student curriculum.
Prior to Partners, Dr. Erskine was Geisinger Health System’s Chief Informatics Officer where he oversaw Geisinger’s Unified Data Architecture, a hedged data management environment powered by Hadoop/Big Data and traditional relational database systems to ensure that data collected as a by-product of clinical, and research investigation are accessible for new discovery and appropriate secondary use. In previous roles, he was appointed Associate Dean of Medical Informatics at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a member of the Board for the 650-physician Medical College of Physician practice plan. He was appointed to the Virginia Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission by Executive Order and was a voting member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee. Dr. Erskine spent two years in Doha, Qatar in the Middle East as Chief of Health Informatics at Sidra Medical and Research Center and implemented a model commercial EHR from the ground up, without legacy systems or technologies. He presents and publishes on the topic of clinical transformation in peer-reviewed literature and serves on the Boards of several companies.
Dr. Erskine trained at Brown University and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and is triple Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Clinical Informatics and Pediatrics. He completed a two-year degree program at MIT Sloan School of Management, with a specialization in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. He has been practicing hospital medicine for 15 years.