Helga E. Rippen
Pfizer Health Solutions
2400 Broadway, Suite 500
Santa Monica, California 90404
310 586 2505
Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, 1998
Preventive Medicine Residency, The Johns Hopkins University, 1996
M.P.H., Health Policy & Management, The Johns Hopkins University, 1995
Transitional Internship, Georgetown University, 1994
M.D., University of Florida (with honors), 1993
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 1986
B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University (with honors), 1981
1999 present Director of Medical Informatics, Pfizer Health Solutions Santa
Developing an informatics strategy for Pfizer Health Solutions that best support the
needs of the health care sector.
1996 - 1999 Director & Founder, Health Information Technology Institute - Mitretek
Systems McLean, Virginia
Increased the visibility of Mitretek Systems, a 501(c)(3), in the health domain through
the creation of the Health Information Technology Institute (HITI). Developed and pursued
a successful long term strategy resulting in international recognition aligned with
quality and health informatics. As a part of this strategy I have developed a HITI
corporate image and mission statement, convened a Blue Ribbon Panel (to provide feedback
to HITI), obtained national and international exposure, established a web presence
(http://hitiweb.mitretek.org), assembled a robust team of experts (within and external to
HITI), and expanded Mitreteks client base (e.g., national and local medical
associations, hospitals and academic medical centers). In addition, I have developed the
Myocardial Infarction Alert System. Conceptualized and wrote a grant submission to the
National Library of Medicine that provided a mechanism to use the Internet and information
technology to decrease the time to treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack.
Prevent It! an Internet based application for employers. First phase completed,
an Internet cardiovascular disease module based on the USPS Task Forces Guide to
Clinical Preventive Services, that provides individuals recommended clinical preventive
services based on their risk factors.
Health Summit Working Group an expert group of key stakeholders in health
informatics and the established criteria for assessing the quality of health information
on the Internet. Products include two documents a white paper and a policy paper (http://hitiweb.mitretek.org/hwsg).
Many organizations are endorsing the policy paper and using these documents to ensure the
quality of their site, as a method to help them "evaluate" the quality of other
sites, and to educate consumers. These documents have been translated into numerous
languages and is being used internationally.
Information Quality Tool (IQ) - a web-based educational tool that can help consumers
and developers evaluate sites. Preliminary studies have shown that the tool can
effectively separate "high quality" from "low quality" sites. More
testing is being planned to assess the tools reliability and validity (http://hitiweb.mitretek.org/iq).
CancerDesk - a prototype of a Internet physician-patient platform for patients with
breast and prostate cancer for health care delivery organizations. The prototype is
designed to assess impact of using different web-technologies on patients and providers.
Health Informatics Training provide a two to three month rotation to Preventive
Medicine Residents who are interested in health informatics from Johns Hopkins University
and Internal Medicine Residents from Prince Georges Hospital Center.
Technical Paper on Electronic Medical Records review of the current state of the
art, with an emphasis on physicians and the office setting.
1998 - present Associate Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
Created a new course: Health Informatics Applications and Public Policy
Implications. This course provides students exposure to leaders in the health informatics.
1994 - 1996 Preventive Medicine Resident, Johns Hopkins University
Served in an expert capacity in the following roles:
Senior Health Fellow - Mitretek Systems McLean, Virginia
Developed a business plan incorporating information technology as the mechanism to
support patient centric care for a cancer center.
Fellow - Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Washington, DC
Initiated the development of a continuing medical education credit supplement to
facilitate implementation of the Put Prevention Into Practice Program for the Office of
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services. Designed
the product to generate funds, providing a return of 300% to 400% over cost, for the
associations that will implement the program
Expert - Consultants in Epidemiology and Occupational Health Washington, DC
Applied epidemiologic tools to analyze an established medical surveillance system in an
industrial setting. Redesigned, with company input, their system to facilitate an
assessment of employee health and exposure to sodium azide. Wrote a ground-breaking paper
on the industrial and occupational health impact of the sodium azide industry on employees
to provide occupational health guidelines for reducing future employee exposure in the
industry. Developed a database system for a medical surveillance system, which will reduce
error rates by 90% and data entry times by 50%. Tailored system for epidemiological
assessment to guide engineering and industrial hygiene. Resulted in the addition of
controls to investigate significant findings.
Physician & Analyst - Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Occupational
Medicine Washington, DC
Originated and completed a database system for inquiries to the Occupational Health and
Safety Administration, Office of Occupational Medicine. Resulted in a reduction in
physician time requirements by approximately 3,000 hours a year. Provided rapid reporting
of inquiry profiles, quality assurance, and resource identification. Product was
recommended for use agency-wide to help answer inquiries in a unified manner and help
direct management and future activities.
Provided expert responses in occupational health for inquiries directed to the
Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Occupational Medicine. This expertise served as
the basis for two industry citations for carbon monoxide exposures and elimination of
Analyst - Office of Technology Assessment Washington, DC
Wrote a background paper on coverage decisions by medical directors for laser
technologies to provide the basis for future recommendations for uniform and rational
approaches to coverage decisions. Analyzed health technology trends to direct future
policy activities at the federal level while at the Congressional Office of Technology
Consultant - American College of Preventive Medicine Washington, DC
Performed under extreme time constraints and successfully completed a review of
preventive interventions and their costs for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Product was used to guide their cost-effectiveness recommendations
Instructor - Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland
Taught an undergraduate course in public health.
SAS Programmer - Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland
Developed SAS program to calculate expected mortality rates, corrected for age, race
and sex in an HIV and control populations to enable investigators to evaluate their
findings in a meaningful manner.
1993 - 1994 Medical Intern - Georgetown University, Fairfax Hospital Fairfax, Virginia
Hands-on experience as a physician in the delivery of health care in hospital, clinic,
work and community settings. Successfully completed transitional internship training in
pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, critical care, and emergency and ambulatory
Successfully completed an INOVA grant for the evaluation of health care delivery at the
clinic level for the chronic diseases hypertension and diabetes. Developed and initiated
the implementation of a chronic disease patient management program. Worked with
corporations and associations to provide educational materials to health care providers
and patients at no cost to the clinic. These activities have led to a significant
improvement in the management of hypertensive and diabetic patients.
1991 - 1992 Diplomacy Fellow - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Represented and led the Agency for International Developments Dracunculiasis
eradication activities at the Interagency Group on Dracunculiasis Eradication and at the
Guinea Worm Summit, a senior policy meeting, at the Carter Center. Identified provision of
an uncontaminated water supply as primary activity for the Agency in this endeavor. This
approach resulted in a significant reduction in mortality, in addition to a decrease in
Successfully developed and wrote a $100 million environmental health program to provide
technical assistance in the various sectors of environmental health to developing
countries for the Agency for International Development. Praised for the quality of the
program by the company awarded the contract. Hands-on and formal training in team
management to support the program cycle process used in the successful programs discussed
above. Initiated and completed numerous projects from conception, through development,
implementation, and evaluation. Evaluated numerous projects to help guide the future
direction and million dollar funding decisions. Provided technical appraisals of numerous
grant requests guiding awards of several million dollars.
1987 - 1988 Research Fellow - University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada
Investigated sickle cell adhesion using immunofluorence techniques.
1986 - 1987 Research Fellow - Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry Munich, Germany
Built a prototype Couette-flow apparatus to study the effects of shear on fibrin
polymerization. Taught PASCAL.
Chair, IEEE USA Medical Technology Policy Committee (1998present)
Vice-Chair, IEEE - USA Medical Technology Policy Committee (1998)
Subcommittee on Health Education, IEEE - USA Medical Technology Policy Committee (1997)
Chair and founding Board member, Internet Healthcare Coalition (1997-present)
Co-Chair eHealth Ethics Summit, Internet Healthcare Coalition (1999-present)
Chair of the Internet Anti-Fraud Initiative, Internet Healthcare Coalition
Editorial Review Board, Journal of Medical Internet Research (1998-present)
Governing Council, Health Administration Section, American Public Health
Alternate Delegate, YPS American Medical Association (1999)
Board member, Alliance for Public Technology (1998-present)
External Liason, DHHSs Science Panel on Interactive Communications and Health
Co-Chair; Prevention 99 Conference Planning Committee (1998-1999)
Member, National Forum on Adult Literacy (1998-present)
Advisory Board, Foundation for Genetic Medicine (1998)
Nicholas E. Davis Recognition Program Committee, CPRI (1998)
Numerous conference committees and review panels - e.g., AMIA, Prevention,
Partnerships, JAMA, JAMIA, NLM-NGI, AAAS
AAAS, Science, Engineering, & Diplomacy Fellow, Agency for International
Development, Washington, DC, 1992
NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1988
DAAD Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, Germany, 1987
Facilitation Skills, Washington, DC, 1992
Team Management Skills, Washington, DC, 1992
AMA, Medical Media Training, Washington, DC, 1999
The American Board of Preventive Medicine: Public Health and General Preventive
Medical license in Maryland and Virginia
Engineering in Training
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Teachers of Preventive Medicine
American Medical Informatics Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Xi, Scientific Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
American Medical Association
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
American Public Health Association
Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society
1995 Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society Johns Hopkins University
1994 International Health in Medical Education Consortium Speaker Award Washington, DC
1993 The Thorklid W. Anderson Award for Greatest Overall Contribution to the College of
Medicine University of Florida
1991 Netter Atlas Award for Community Service University of Florida
1990 Genevra Todd & Henry E. Meleney Memorial Award for Excellence in Academics
& Community Service University of Florida
1989 Learning Facilitator Award University of Florida
1986 Sigma Xi, Scientific Honor Society Duke University
1984 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Duke University
1981 Outstanding Graduate in Engineering Florida Atlantic University
1980 Wimberly Scholar for Highest Scholastic Achievement Florida Atlantic University
1979 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Florida Atlantic University
1977 - 1981 Faculty Scholars Scholarship Florida Atlantic University
1999 Rippen, H: The IQ-Tool, Medical Marketing and Media, submitted.
1999 Rippen, H: Consumers in Health Care, Essential of Computers for Nursing,
1999 Rippen, H: Whats Hot in IT (Information Technology), Y2K, APHA Health
Administration Section Newsletter Fall 1999.
1998 Buckovich, S., Rippen, H., Rozen, M: Guiding Principles for
Privacy/Confidentiality/Security -- Where Are We Now?, Journal of the American Medical
Informatics Association 6(2):122-133 1999.
1998 Health Summit Working Group Policy Paper: Criteria for Assessing the Quality of
Health Information on the Internet, 1998, http://hitiweb.mitretek.org/hswg/documents/policy.html
1998 Rippen H., Guard R., Kragen M., Byrns P., Silber D., Buckovich S., Letter to the
Editor, JAMA, August 26, 1998
1998 Rippen H., Buckovich S., Quality Management of Online Health Information (chapter
8), 1999 Guide to HealthCare Resources on the Internet, Faulkner & Gray 1998.
1998 Rippen H., Buckovich S., Health Information and the Internet, Focus on Patient
Safety Newsletter of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Vol. 1, Issue 3, Summer 1998,
Rippen, H.: Whats Hot in IT (Information Technology), Internet, APHA Health
Administration Section Newsletter, June 1998, pp 6-9
Rippen, H.: Whats Hot in IT (Information Technology), Security, APHA Health
Administration Section Newsletter, 1998.
Carlson, RP: Part 1: the emergence of the new health care consumer. Panelist. The
Physician Executive, May-June, 1998, 24(3):6-19.
1997 White Paper Working Group: Guidelines for Assessing the Quality of Health
Information on the Internet, http://hitiweb.mitretek.org/docs/criteria.html
1996 Rippen, H., Lamm, S.H., Nicoll, P.G., Cummings, L., Howearth, G. and Thayer, D.: Occupational
Health Data as a Basis for Process Engineering Changes -- Development of a Safe Work
Environment in the Sodium Azide Industry. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 1996,
1995 Background Paper: Coverage of Laser Technology by Health Insurance; 1995,
Office of Technology Assessment.
1995 Rippen, H.: Maximizing prevention at the ambulatory care level. Step 1:
Assessment Prevention 95; Abstract.
1992 Rippen, H. et al, Planning Workshop for AFRICARE Regional Water,
Sanitation, and Health Project. WASH Field Report No. 393.
1992 Rippen, H: How to Give An Effective Presentation. In: Proceedings of the
Occupational & Environmental Health Symposium.
1990 Rippen, H, et al: 10 Easy Steps to Set Up a Health Fair. Annual
Meeting of the American Medical Student Association; Abstract.
1987 Berk, Helga Rippen and Clark,H: The Effects of Flow on Fibrin Polymerization.
In: Fibrinogen 2. Biochemistry, Physiology, and Clinical Relevance: Lowe, et
al, Eds. P39-42.
1987 Berk, Helga Rippen and Clark, H: Shear and Fibrin Clot Formation: Role of FPB
Release. XI International Congress on Thrombosis and Hemostasis; Abstract.
1987 Berk, Helga Rippen and Clark, H: The Effect of Shear on Oligomer Formation:
Effective Removal of Monomers. XI International Congress on Thrombosis and Hemostasis;
1999 IHC: Fixing the Broken Link New York, NY
The Online Relationship between Healthcare Providers and Consumers
1999 Congressional Staff Briefing, Older Adults, Health Information and the WWW
Enhancing Quality, Preventing Abuse
1999 Medication Communication: The Basics and Beyond, National Council on Patient
Information and Education (NCPIE), CyberSurfing: Health and Medicine Information on the
1999 Medication Communication: The Basics and Beyond, NCPIE Washington, DC
Beyond the Basics: Evaluating the Credibility of Health & Medication Information on
1999 HII 99 Washington, DC
Online Risk Assessments What You Need to Know
1999 HII 99 Washington, DC
The Case for Urban Telehealth: The Urban Underserved
1999 Older Adults, Health Information and the World Wide Web Washington, DC
Speaker, Moderator: Quality of Health Information on the World Wide Web for Older
1999 Prevention 99 Washington, DC
Moderator, The Internet and the Role of the Government
1999 Aging in Rural America - National Academy of State Health Policy Meeting Chicago,
Telehealth Technology and Policy Issues Aging in Rural America
1999 Healthcare Businesswomens Association Philadelphia, PA
Developing Quality Standards for Internet Health Information
1998 Rural Marylands Healthcare Summit Rocky Gap, MD
Year 2000 - What You Need to Know. Preparing Rural Maryland for Y2K
1998 Health reporting class American University Washington, DC
The role of the Internet in Healthcare
1998 Internet Healthcare Coalition Annual Meeting Washington, DC
Assessing the Quality of Health Information on the Internet
1998 Military Health Systems Data Administration Conference: Realizing Health Data
Sharing Washington, DC
Keynote Speaker: Provider Perspective: Quality, Design, and Content
1998 Health Information Infrastructure 98 Washington, DC
Guiding Principles for Privacy, Confidentiality and Security of Information.
1998 Heath Information Infrastructure 98 Washington, DC
Using the Web for Consumer Health Information: Quality vs. Access
1998 Partnerships 98 Washington, DC
Consumer Tools: Work of the Mitretek Summit
1998 National Association of Home Health Care, Keynote Speaker Washington, DC
How Information Technology Can Help You and Your Patients
1997 Health Improvement Institute Conference, Speaker Washington, DC
Overview of the Work of the Health Summit Group
1997 MedWebMasters Conference, Speaker Washington, DC
Criteria for Assessing Quality of Health Information on the Internet for the Consumer
1997 American Medical Informatics Spring Conference, Speaker & Moderator San Jose,
Preview of the White Paper - Criteria for Assessing Quality
1997 American Medical Informatics Association Spring Conference, Speaker San Jose,
Should Restrictions or Labels be Placed on Health Information on the Internet?
1997 Partnerships 97, Moderator Washington, DC
Quality: What Is It? How Do We Know? Who Is Responsible?
1997 Prevention 97, Speaker Atlanta, Georgia
Workshop - Learning How to Surf the Internet for Public Health Providers
1997 Prevention 97, Moderator Atlanta, Georgia
Surfing the Information Superhighway for Public Health
1996 Johns Hopkins University Preventive Medicine Residency Lecture Series Baltimore,
1996 Prevention 96, Speaker Dallas, Texas
Workshop - Presentation Pearls: Back to the Basics
1996 Health Information Infrastructure, Speaker Washington, DC
Using Electronic Health Data to Improve Health Outcomes
1995 Prevention 95, Speaker
Workshop - Presentation Pearls: Back to the Basics
1995 Prevention 95, Speaker
Assessment of Practice for Chronic Diseases in an Ambulatory Care Setting
1995 Johns Hopkins University, Instructor Baltimore, Mayland
Careers in Public Health
1992 Start-Up Workshop, Facilitator Malawi
AFRICARE Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education Project
1992 Workshop, Facilitator Belize
Behavioral Data Collection Workshop
1992 Occupational and Environmental Health Symposium, Organizer/Facilitator Poland
Speaking Skills Workshop
1992 Facilitator/Project Evaluator: Mauritania
Peace Corps Guinea Worm Eradication Workshop
1992 Lecturer: Health Conditions in Urban and Rural Development Washington,D.C.
George Washington University, Center for International Health
1986 Instructor: PASCAL Germany
Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry
1982 Graduate Teaching Assistant: Biomechanics and Electronics North Carolina
1977 Teaching Assistant: Microbiology Florida
Florida Atlantic University