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Vreeman Joins RTI’s eHealth Quality & Analytics Division to Lead Health Data Standards and Interoperability

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, DPT, MS, FACMI, has joined RTI International’s eHealth, Quality & Analytics Division to lead work in health data standards and interoperability. In this role, he represents the team in key national and international standards development activities and leads business development and project implementation related to data and interoperability standards.

RTI currently engages in projects and initiatives that involve the application of well-established and emerging health standards enabling health system transformation.

“Dr. Vreeman’s vision for creating a health ecosystem where data is available with open standards that unlock the potential for information systems and applications to improve health decision-making and care is very much in line with our plan to advance multisite health research through the integration of data from multiple sources,” said Linda Dimitropoulos, PhD, Vice President of the eHealth, Quality & Analytics Division.

Vreeman’s work has focused on enabling clinical systems to share, aggregate, and understand health data -- envisioning a future where individual and population health is improved with standards that make data portable and understandable.

“I am passionate about helping create a world where people experience optimal health, assisted by health information systems that interact seamlessly” said Vreeman. “RTI has tremendous potential to advance science and health through open data standards, and I am very excited to contribute towards that aim.”

Prior to joining RTI, Vreeman was the Director, LOINC and Health Data Standards with the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and the Regenstrief–McDonald Scholar in Data Standards at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Since 2006 he has led the development of LOINC, a vocabulary standard for health measurements, observations and documents that is now used in more than 175 countries.

Vreeman’s leadership on health data standards is globally recognized. He has published numerous scientific papers, books, guides and articles, and presented over 200 invited lectures worldwide. His innovative work has been recognized through notable awards, including being elected as fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, the Technology and Innovation Award from the American Physical Therapy Association Health Policy and Administration Section.

Vreeman earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy at Duke University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in clinical research from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in medical informatics at Regenstrief Institute. He also earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Cornell University.