Wes Rishel is a vice president in Gartner’s healthcare provider research practice. He covers interoperability, health information exchanges (HIE), the U.S. nationwide health information network (NHIN) and the underlying technologies of healthcare IT, including application integration and standards.
Mr. Rishel is a commissioner of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He served as a member of the Healthcare Information Technology Advisory Panel of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. He was also one of the technical leads and a member of the steering group for the Connecting for Health program on regional health information networks. He was the founding technical chair of Health Level Seven, served as its chair in 2002-2003, and continues on the board. He has served on the boards of directors of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the eHealth Initiative (eHI). He was the primary author of the Gartner report summarizing the NHIN Prototype Architecture contracts of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT.