Peter L. Levin
There’s an old saying that says information is power. Peter L. Levin, founder and CEO of Amida Technology Solutions and Disruptive Woman’s November Man of the Month, has done that phrase one better, advocating the idea of “Data to the People.”
As millions of Americans know firsthand, Levin’s actions have more than matched his words. For years, health data was stored in closed proprietary systems and made inaccessible to patients. An individual with a serious health condition couldn’t present their health records to a new doctor because they were kept out of reach.
Blue Button changed this situation for the better. As Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Levin was instrumental in modernizing the VA’s health records system and creating Blue Button, an easy-to-use online mechanism that enabled veterans to gain immediate access to their health data. This system has since expanded to Medicare beneficiaries and private health insurance clients, making it the most widely-used personal health records program in the country.
Today, Levin has both a position from which to continue bringing about change and an important cause to pursue. The position is at Amida, a firm that has built a library of Blue Button and health informatics components that can make a significant difference in linking patients and consumers with their healthcare data being held in multiple repositories. Through Amida’s systems, data in the possession of health insurers, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, population health management firms, and employers can be consolidated, aggregated and made available to consumers for downloading and sharing.
Levin has said he believes his work is far from done and he is continuing to pursue an environment in which individuals can gain possession of their health care information just as easily as they can their financial records. He is, in essence, calling for a new American revolution, this one focused on data.
November’s Man of the Month is making a difference improving health and lives by fully understanding that information is indeed power and using his voice and his considerable skills to ensure that data belongs to the people.