Donald Voltz

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Donald M. Voltz is board-certified in informatics and anesthesiology. He is a researcher, a medical educator, and an entrepreneur. With more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, Dr. Voltz has been involved with many facets of medicine. He has performed basic science and clinical research and has experience in the translation of ideas into viable medical systems and devices.

He is currently medical director of the main operating room in the Aultman Hospital Department of Anesthesiology. He is also an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio Medical University.

He was a physician at Metro Health Medical Center before serving as an anesthesiologist.

Dr. Voltz is an advocate of open systems and a firm believer that the lack of electronic health record (EHR) interoperability can be solved using platforms such as middleware.

He believes that technologies like open APIs will help foster greater development of medical applications. Open APIs enable developers to focus on innovation rather than the cumbersome development environment of being tied to specific EHR databases. They also foster the development of systems that be created more economically and reach the market more quickly.

He is an advocate of EHR interoperability and connectivity. He believes that medical IT systems are in shambles simply because the types of open technology used in retail, banking, hospitality and other industries are not being implemented in healthcare for a variety of reasons.

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