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Virginia Lorenzi MS

Associate in Biomedical Computer Science; Associate Manager, NYP Email

Virginia joined the Department of Biomedical Informatics in 2007. She shares the teaching duties for the Applied Clinical Informatics Course, lectures in the introductory course and leads the Columbia HIT Certification in Professional Achievement Program. The Certification Program is a work-friendly graduate-level program that provides practical HIT knowledge and skills that are needed in the workforce. The program uses innovative teaching techniques, including a mix of online and face-to-face teaching, interdisciplinary, team-based learning and a workshop-classroom approach.

Virginia specializes in healthcare interoperability and HIT standards and has been a member of the HIT standards community since 1994. She has been teaching nationally and internationally for HL7 since 2000, is the main author of the HL7 RIM certification test and is certified in HL7 CDA Release 2 and HL7 V2.3.1. She has participated in numerous initiatives in HL7 with a consistently strong focus on education. She is also known for her generalist expertise within the HL7 community and has been instrumental in reviewing and improving the standards from a broad perspective, as well as reviewing and improving HL7 organizational processes. She was HL7 Volunteer of the Year in 2005 and was named an HL7 Fellow in 2010. She has also been active in efforts to promote HIT standards at the federal level, including serving as co-chair of the ONC Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) webinar working group. She testified in Washington based on her experience in developing and implementing HIT standards.

Virginia has worked in health information technology since 1990 with experience both as a provider and as a consultant and provider. She has been part of the Information Services Department at New York-Presbyterian Hospital since 1994, specializing in interoperability and HIT standards. She has extensive experience in the implementation and support of large integration projects with HL7 and interface engines as well as EMPI, HIE and terminology mapping. More recently, she is an expert on HIT regulations and is part of the hospital's core team for meaningful applications.

She has a BS and MS in Computer Science and is HIMSS Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).

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