Lenel James

Business Lead - Health Information Exchange, Co-Chair HL7 Payer User Group
Blue Cross Blue Shield Assoc

Lenel has over thirty-five years of experience in management, systems consulting, and standards development – and over 25 years of focused experience in the healthcare industry & 5 years of engagement in health equity.   


Lenel is a Business Lead for Health Information Exchange & Innovation at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, on the Industry Standards and eHealth team.  His responsibilities include working externally (at standards setting organizations) and internally (within commercial market 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 member of the Program Management Office of the HL7 Da Vinci Project.


His engagement in community has been reflected by membership of 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 and as co-chair of the Cross-RHEC Community Health Worker Coalition.


As part of his extensive experience in clinical information systems, and information technology strategic planning, Mr. James worked with health care, 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.