In keeping with the theme of "Modernizing Vital Records: Navigating the Technological Highway," this year's keynote speaker for the 59th annual Vital Statistics Conference is Michelle Williams, Senior Health Informatics Specialist at the Center for Disease Control—National Center for Health Statistics.
Michelle Williamson is a registered nurse and Senior Health Informatics Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is the Team Lead for Informatics within the Classifications and Public Health Data Standards Staff. For the past 13 years, she has served as the Centers primary voting representative to provide public health representation in the development and implementation of national healthcare standards and to identify and promote the inclusion of data to meet the needs of population health. Ms. Williamson supports the development of standards in the following Standards Development Organizations: Health Level Seven International (HL7), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), and the Accredited Standards Committee X12. She served as the HL7 Public Health and Emergency Response Work Group co-chair for four years. She currently serves as a Planning Co-Chair for the IHE Quality, Research and Public Health Committee. Much of the focus of Ms. Williamson’s standards development activities over the past several years has been to support the development of standards that will enable and improve data exchange and interoperability between electronic health record systems and vital records systems for birth, death and fetal death reporting.
Ms. Williamson serves as staff to support the activities of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) - Standards Subcommittee. The NCVHS is serves as the statutory public advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the area of health data and statistics. This year, Ms. Williamson received the 2013 CDC/ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) Honors Award for Excellence in Information Technology. In 2011, she received the NCHS Director’s Award - Tapped for Excellence.