Learn More About Lyle Berkowitz
A health care futurist, Dr. Lyle Berkowitz has helped organizations across the health care spectrum optimize their current operations while preparing for the future. “America has hit an inflection point with the COVID crisis,” he notes, “and it’s more important than ever to automate and virtualize key components of the health care system in order to provide the highest quality of medicine to as many patients as possible in a cost-effective manner.”
Through keynotes, interactive workshops and ongoing strategic consulting roles, Dr. Berkowitz helps organizations in the health care field rethink their problems and implement high-tech solutions for improving care while boosting efficiency and quality, allowing for a realistic revolution in an industry that needs ongoing transformation.
A practicing physician and founder and CEO of independent consulting firm Back9 Healthcare Consulting, Dr. Berkowitz is an ambitious innovator, forever at the forefront of improving physician and patient experiences through innovative uses of information technology. With over twenty years of experience as a primary care physician, an informatician, a healthcare innovator and a health tech entrepreneur, his career history involves an intersection of clinical care, applied informatics, digital transformation and innovation strategy, paired with executive management, business and entrepreneurial roles.
Dr. Berkowitz was most recently Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Product at MDLIVE, one of the largest online medical groups in the nation. For much of the previous 20 years, Dr. Berkowitz helped lead IT and Innovation at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, a top 15 health care system with over 30,000 employees and annual revenue over $5 billion dollars. In his roles there, he led ambulatory care EMR projects, helped design and launch a variety of telehealth projects, set up medical home and care coordination systems and started its world-class executive health program.
Additionally, Dr. Berkowitz has helped start and manage multiple health care IT companies over the years, and currently sits on the boards of healthfinch, which was recently acquired by Health Catalyst, and Oneview Healthcare, two companies disrupting the industry with innovative uses of health care technology. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Innovation Learning Network (ILN) and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), and on the Editorial Board for Clinical Innovation + Technology.
As the leader of Back9 Healthcare Consulting, Dr. Berkowitz helps large health care providers, publicly-traded vendors, digital health startups, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies devise new strategies and solutions that draw on the latest trends in digital technology and human-centered design. These strategies and solutions often combine automation, artificial intelligence, and virtual care (“telehealth”), as well as optimization and integration with EMRs to streamline the complexities of care provision to large numbers of people. In doing so, Dr. Berkowitz helps Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Information Officers and other leaders enhance company value while also ensuring more patients get the care they need quickly, easily and most cost-effectively than ever before.
Dr. Berkowitz has been recognized by HealthLeaders as one of the nation’s top “individuals making a difference in today’s complex health care world” (Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better), and by Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation as the winner of its iSpot Competition for “Ideas that Will Transform Healthcare.” In addition, he has been listed as one of Healthspottr’s “Future Health Top 100”, and Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Clinical Informaticists”.
As a leader committed to sharing his vision and best practices, Dr. Berkowitz has become a highly regarded speaker and noted author, as well as an active presenter and panelist at national meetings, including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the National Healthcare CMO/CMIO Summit, among others. His book, “Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare” (Springer, 2013), provides an extensive review of what digital innovation means in health care, coupled with real-life examples and guidance for successfully innovating with health care IT.
He also leverages his vast knowledge of and passion for electronic medical records in numerous publications, including writing the chapter on “Physician Adoption Strategies” for the ACP’s book, “Electronic Medical Records.” Additionally, Dr. Berkowitz regularly writes for the HISTalk blog, is the author of “The Change Doctor” – voted one of the “Top 50 Healthcare IT Blogs” – and the creator of “The High Tech Doc,” a multimedia series advising consumers on how to use today’s IT to better manage their health.
Dr. Berkowitz is a past board member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation and was a longtime editorial board member of Healthcare Informatics. A clinical associate professor of medicine within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. Berkowitz has achieved fellowship rank with both ACP and HIMSS organizations, and holds a biomedical engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a physician consultant to a wide variety of movie, television and theatrical productions, including “The Dark Knight,” “Batman v. Superman,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Producers,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” “US Marshalls,” Ocean’s 11 and 12, “ER,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”
Dr. Lyle Berkowitz is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.