Dr. Seidman is the Managing Director of Quality & Performance Improvement at Evolent Health, an ACO services provider. Evolent—formed as a joint venture of the Advisory Board Company and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)—offers a provider-led, fully integrated platform for population management for large health care delivery systems. He is responsible for prioritizing quality measures, tracking performance and improving quality for Evolent’s clients. He works closely with the clinical transformation team in designing and implementing QI interventions, patient engagement strategies and population health management programs.
Prior to joining Evolent, Seidman was the Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. At ONC, Dr. Seidman guided development of resources that helped providers become meaningful users of HIT, and helped to evolve meaningful use practice and policy. During nearly two decades in health care, Seidman has focused on: quality measurement and improvement; the intersection of e-health and health services research; and structuring consumer e-health interventions to support improved health behaviors and informed decision making.
Previously, Seidman was the founding President of the Center for Information Therapy, which advanced the practice and science of delivering tailored information to consumers to help them make better health decisions and lead healthier lives. At the IxCenter, Seidman focused on stimulating innovation, diffusing best practices, and evangelizing for a patient-centered orientation to implementation of HIT applications.
Before launching the IxCenter, Dr. Seidman served as Senior Editor and Director of Quality Initiatives for the Advisory Board Company's Consumer Health Initiative. In that capacity, he played a leading role in strategic planning and product development and provided leadership in the development of quality-of-care information for consumers.
Dr. Seidman has worked for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the Director of Measure Development, overseeing analytical projects related to health-plan-performance measure testing and development for HEDIS. He has also worked at the Advisory Board Company as a Consultant and at the American College of Cardiology as Assistant Director of Private Sector Relations, conducting extensive research and analysis in managed care, quality-of-care issues, and other aspects of the health care industry.
Dr. Seidman holds a PhD in health services research and a master of health science degree in health policy and management, both from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. His doctoral research involved the development of a tool to evaluate the quality of health information on the Internet and an assessment of what Web site characteristics influenced health information quality. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Brown University. Dr. Seidman has published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on e-health and quality-of-care-related issues.
For five years, Dr. Seidman volunteered as President of the board of directors for Micah House, a transitional house in Washington, D.C., for homeless women recovering from substance abuse. When he’s not chasing after his three children, Seidman uses distance running as his own therapy of sorts, and has completed 33 marathons.
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