Renowned informatics leader, Dr. Blackford Middleton, furthers his life-long passion for using and sharing health knowledge to enable health enterprises to provide the best care.

Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MS

Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MS

CHICAGO, March 1, 2016 – Apervita, Inc. today announced Blackford Middleton,  immediate past chair of the board of directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), will join the Apervita team as Chief Informatics and Innovation Officer. Previously Chief Informatics Officer at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Middleton brings years of visionary leadership in health informatics to the Apervita team.

“Blackford Middleton has pioneered the application of the world’s health knowledge to the challenge of providing the best care,” said Paul Magelli, chief executive officer of Apervita. “His expertise and passion are an ideal match with Apervita’s mission to empower health enterprises and professionals to make their health knowledge computable and exchangeable, enabling its use on an industry scale. We are thrilled to have Dr. Middleton join our team as we enable health’s front-runners to realize the profound benefits of this promise.”

At Apervita, Dr. Middleton will be responsible for working with the ecosystem of leading health enterprises, including major health systems, payers and pharmaceutical companies, to shape an industry platform to enable these enterprises to readily apply health knowledge throughout their business. Dr. Middleton deeply understands the challenges of capturing, applying, and sharing computable, narrative, and other knowledge in health and will collaborate with health enterprises on an open, industry-scale solution.

“The health enterprises using Apervita are poised to make a direct impact on global health by applying the wealth of today’s health knowledge,” stated Dr. Middleton. “There are estimated to be hundreds of thousands of health algorithms in the world today, for example, that address major and pervasive health problems such as chronic disease, yet relatively few are connected to health data beyond research. Apervita has developed an innovative platform that enables enterprises to readily connect health knowledge with health data and deploy it broadly across its business as well as share it with others. Every health enterprise should be assessing the potential and benefit of this approach. I have joined Apervita as its mission, platform and team align with my long held belief in the potential for sharing and scaling the application of health knowledge for the benefit of lives everywhere.”

Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH., MS

Dr. Middleton’s expertise is in informatics, the applied science of the design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in complex environments. His many accomplishments include implementation of a comprehensive organizational and process redesign at Vanderbilt University and during his tenure, the university was recognized as one of the “Most Wired” healthcare systems. Dr. Middleton has served in many leadership positions, including chair of the board of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), chair of AMIA, and was appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt to serve on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he was Corporate Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development at Partners Healthcare System, Boston, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and will continue as a Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was Senior Vice President for Clinical Informatics, and Chief Medical Officer, for MedicaLogic/Medscape, a provider of electronic medical records software (Logician™), professional and patient portals (, and Prior to that position he was Medical Director of Information Management and Technology at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Middleton has also authored more than 500 publications and presentations on electronic and personal health records, clinical decision support, and related policy and technical issues.