Shahid Shah

Shahid Shah

Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential government technology and healthcare IT thought leader and writer who is known as "The Healthcare IT Guy" across the Internet. He is a strategist for various federal agenices on IT matters and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted "Fed 100" award given to IT experts that have made a big impact in the government. Shahid has architected and built multiple clinical solutions over his almost 20 year career. He helped design and deploy the American Red Cross's electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he's built two web-based EMRs now in use by hundreds of physicians; he's designed large groupware and collaboration sites in use by thousands; and, as an ex-CTO for a billion dollar division of CardinalHealth he helped design advanced clinical interfaces for medical devices and hospitals. Shahid also serves as a senior technology strategy advisor to NIH's SBIR/STTR program helping small businesses commercialize their healthcare applications.

Shahid runs three successful blogs. At he writes about architecture issues, at he provides valuable insights on how to apply technology in health care, at he advises senior federal technologists, and at he gives a glimpse of the health-care IT blogosphere as an aggregator.

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How does the medical device tax affect innovation and the health/medical startup scene?

February 01 2014

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed on a party line vote several years ago, it included a somewhat controversial provision to tax, at 2.3% starting in 2013, the sale of any medical device classified by the IRS as … read more

Why health IT systems integrate poorly today, and what future EHRs can do about it

June 19 2012

New Internet-centric approaches to health IT systems are needed, and the government should be mandating a more modern open style of data exchange that breaks through monolithic systems. read more

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Best of Strata Rx 2012: Reasons why health data is poorly integrated today and what we can do about it
July 03, 2013
In this talk Shahid N. Shah will look at the specific things that are holding us back when it comes to poor integration in healthcare and what future EHRs can do about it.