WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 1, 2018—Dean L. Smith, MD, MBI, joins GlobalMed as Chief Medical Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Government Relations, effective Nov. 1.
Dr. Smith brings to GlobalMed nearly two decades of telehealth, medical informatics, and clinical and operational leadership experience from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Medical Services.
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“With the fast pace of healthcare transformation happening before our very eyes, we are thrilled to have an executive of Dean’s caliber join our team to spearhead our Medical Informatics and Government Relations office, bring additional clinical expertise across all our products, and focus on security and compliance,” said Joel E. Barthelemy, founder and CEO of GlobalMed. “His long career with the State Department, trusted relationships with government agencies and vast global experience will be invaluable assets to ensuring we continue to stay ahead of the game. And his deep knowledge of healthcare informatics and clinical workflow will help our software engineers continue to create great products that facilitate virtual care for both government and private-sector providers.”
Dr. Smith, a licensed, board-certified physician, has held positions in the U.S. State Department since 2000. From 2008-2018, he served as the department’s Senior Advisor for Medical Informatics. In that role, he provided oversight and clinical informatics expertise to the teams responsible for creating a healthcare delivery model for State Department employees based on a secure, global telehealth solution. Together, Dr. Smith and his team successfully implemented an electronic prescribing solution; enhanced cyber security and HIPAA compliance of health information systems at the State Department; and upgraded all health information systems to the latest coding standards, including ICD-10.
“It’s an honor to join a team that is truly changing healthcare for the better,” said Dr. Smith. “2019 will be a pivotal year as CMS proposes more Medicare reimbursement for telehealth and clinicians identify new ways to leverage advances in telemedicine. I am excited to be part of a mission-driven company that blazed the trail for virtual care nearly 17 years ago.”
Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Smith delivered ambulatory, acute and intensive care in Bend, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana. He was also an emergency department physician at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, and served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service.
While with the State Department, Dr. Smith led a team that implemented synchronous telemedicine at U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide. They also developed a Medical Capability Information database of global medical resources with algorithms for management of over 40 common diseases. He has in-depth experience with VistA (Veterans Affairs EHR) and AHLTA (Department of Defense EHR), as well as NextGen and Epic (commercial EHRs).
From 2014-2017, Dr. Smith was also Principal Deputy Medical Director of the State Department. In that position, he managed all facets of the department’s globally deployed healthcare enterprise, which included 500-plus clinicians practicing in more than 200 clinics. He also collaborated with medical leaders at the White House, the Department of Defense and other government agencies.
From 2007-2008, Dr. Smith served as the State Department’s Regional Medical Manager for Asia, supervising 50-plus clinicians in 28 U.S. government clinics throughout Asia and the Pacific region. As Chief of Examinations Clinic from 2005-2007, he managed an outpatient clinic that provided over 4,000 executive examinations per year. In the same period, he served as physician to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she traveled abroad.
At various times in his career, Dr. Smith oversaw clinic operations at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Russia, Peru and Iraq.
Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington. He holds a Master’s degree in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health & Science University.
GlobalMed powers the world’s largest, most advanced telemedicine programs and is honored to be the telehealth provider to the White House, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency, and many commercial and global health systems. Its industry-leading virtual health platform has the Authority to Operate (ATO) on U.S. Department of Defense networks. More than 4,000 health delivery organizations (HDOs) have trusted GlobalMed to power over 18 million consults, improving access to care in 55 countries. With a focus on security and simplicity, GlobalMed designs, builds, manufactures and deploys fully integrated, evidence-based software and hardware solutions that enable HDOs to improve patient outcomes while lowering cost. Founded in 2002 by a Marine Corps Reserve Veteran still serving as CEO, GlobalMed is proud to be a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB).
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