James Coates received his Bachelor of Science from Baldwin-Wallace College and his Master of Science from Cleveland State University. Additionally, Mr. Coates completed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Health Informatics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Mr. Coates has over nine years of public health experience working at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Mr. Coates was a member of the NACCHO Public Health Informatics workgroup and the Co-Chair representing Local Health Departments for The Ohio Public Health Informatics Committee. Mr. Coates worked at Explorys, an IBM Company part of IBM Watson Health for 4 years, where he focused on integrating data from disparate systems and standardizing the data to national standards. Currently Mr. Coates is a Sr. Manager, Technical Projects at HIMSS working on the ConCert by HIMSS program, an interoperability testing and certification program.