Lenel James

Business Lead for Health Information Exchange and Innovation
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Lenel is the Business Lead for Health Information Exchange and Innovation at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on the Health IT team in the Commercial Market and Enterprise Data Solutions Division. His responsibilities include working externally (at standards setting organizations) and internally (within BCBSA for eClinical data exchange) on many of the key health IT challenges and clinical/administrative interoperability issues. He is also co-chair of the HL7 Payer User Group and a Senior Advisor in the Program Management Office of the HL7 Da Vinci Project. Lenel has more than 35 years of experience in management, systems consulting and standards development, more than 25 years of focused experience in the healthcare industry, and five years of engagement in health equity and social determinants of health. His community engagement was reflected by membership in the executive committee of the Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC-V) as co-chair the Social Determinants of Health Committee of RHEC-V, co-chair of the multi-regional Cross-RHEC Community Health Worker Coalition and member of the American Public Health Association. As part of his extensive experience in clinical information systems and information technology strategic planning, Lenel worked with healthcare, state and federal clients on a broad array of projects for a leading international consulting firm. He also spent five years as the Acting Director of Clinical Systems for the IT Department of the third largest public hospital in the USA. Lebron Soldier XII 12