ALEK SRIPIPATANA, PhD, MPH
GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE OF
Dr. Alek Sripipatana, during his twelve-year tenure at HRSA, has revolutionized health outcomes for underserved communities through data and health information technology (HIT). Spearheading data collection at HRSA's Health Center Program, he aligned reporting standards, incentivized EHR adoption, and impacted over 30 million patients nationwide.
Underserved communities face data-related challenges, including incompatible EHR systems and fragmented access. Dr. Sripipatana established partnerships, recognized EHR adoption, and improved access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care. His leadership ensured data consistency, aligning standards with electronic specifications. By 2022, 15 of 18 clinical quality measures aligned with CMS requirements, freeing providers to focus on patient care.
Since 2022, he shifted health centers from late- to early-adopters of HIT. Through public and private partnerships, he implemented innovative technologies, enhancing information exchange, care coordination, and patient safety. Dr. Sripipatana overcame technological challenges, implementing FHIR at a national scale and transitioning to a data cloud strategy. Partnerships with EHR vendors ensured the adoption of a common data model, enabling secure transmission of health data. His dedication harnessed data and HIT advancements, transforming health outcomes.
Over 30 million patients benefited from improved access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care. Dr. Sripipatana's commitment to technology and data has advanced health equity and transformed lives nationwide.
Director, Data and Evaluation
Office of Quality Improvement
Bureau of Primary Health Care
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services