Michael Marron-Stearns is a physician informaticist, health information technology (HIT) and healthcare compliance consulting professional. He has 18 years of experience in the areas of electronic health records, quality reporting, health information exchange, clinical terminology development, standards, and billing and coding compliance. He is the CEO and Founder of Apollo HIT, LLC, a company that provides HIT and compliance consulting services to the healthcare industry.
He has provided leadership to informatics and terminology projects at the National Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and the College of American Pathologists. He served as the International Director of SNOMED International, where he played a central role in the design and development of SNOMED CT. He has provided direction and leadership to two leading EHR vendors, served as the founding board president for the Texas e-Health Alliance, and sits on numerous boards and committees including the National Patient Safety Board, the AHIMA Terminology and Classification Practice Council, the University of Texas at Austin HIT Certification Program Curriculum Committee, and the University of Texas at Austin Health Information Exchange Laboratory Advisory Board. Dr. Marron-Stearns is a cofounder and lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin Health Information Technology Certificate Program, a nationally recognized model for HIT workforce development.
Dr. Marron-Stearns is a leading national authority on protecting the integrity of digital health information in electronic health records and health information exchange. He is a certified professional coder (CPC), certified family practice coder (CFPC), neurologist (and former assistant professor of neurology and residency program coordinator), and accomplished author. He has provided lectures on a variety of HIT topics, including HIT policy, MACRA, MIPS, APMs, patient privacy, patient safety, interoperability, natural language processing, clinical decision support, genomic medicine, data integrity, ICD-10-CM/PCS, SNOMED CT, coding compliance, practice optimization and other topics. Between 2008 and 2012 he was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. before federal HIT policy organizations on 5 separate occasions, and in 2012 was invited by the Director of the Office of the National Coordination of Health Information Technology to attend a White House Town Hall event focusing on the success of government funded HIT initiatives. In 2012 he was awarded two Certificates of Excellence by HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association for leadership and assistance with Patient Safety and Meaningful Use initiatives.