Raymond D. Aller, M.D.
Dr. Aller is a nationally known authority on use of information technology to enhance and ensure patient safety and operational efficiency. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, his MD thesis was the design of the first online surgical pathology information system in the country, which became the prototype of the anatomic pathology automation tools now used in most US hospitals. In several institutions, he has taught the use of information technologies to enhance the quality and safety of patient care processes. He helped create the first edition of SNOMED, and early versions of LOINC. For almost 3 decades, he has edited clinical informatics content for CAP Today, the most widely read journal in clinical and anatomic laboratory medicine. In 1991, he helped launch the first effort to board-certify physicians in clinical informatics, which reached fruition in 2013 with the certification of physicians in clinical informatics. Recently, he has focused his attention on a major unsolved problem in medicine which is the definitive identification of the patient and the need to move from text matching to biometric identifiers. He has been elected Life Fellow of HIMSS, Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award/Honorary Fellow of the Association of Pathology Informatics, He has been actively involved in HIMSS for almost three decades, and has served on several HIMSS national committees, including the Annual Conference Education Committee (2007- 2009), the Membership and Marketing Committee (2 years), the Clinical Systems Advisory Board (3 years), the Public Health Davies Award Committee (4 years), Standards Task Force (Chairman, 2004-2006, Member 2009-2011), on the Editorial Board, HIMSS Dictionary (2005-2013), Physician Community Leadership (2007 – 2011), Distance Education Committee, member (2010 – 2012), Chairman, (2011-2012) He has also been active in his local HIMSS chapter, serving on the Board of Directors, Southern California chapter, 2002-2009 and as President, Southern California chapter, 2004.