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Danny van Leeuwen

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Danny is an action catalyst empowering people traveling together toward best health (patients, caregivers, clinicians, direct care and support staff). He wears many hats in healthcare: a patient with MS, care partner for several family members’ end-of-life journeys, a nurse for 40+ years, an informaticist and a QI leader. He specializes in the patient/caregiver/clinician/community relationship.
Danny’s current work focuses on communication at transitions of care, person-centered health planning, informed decision-making, and technology supporting solutions created by and for people at the center. He advises entrepreneurs about strategy, infrastructure, and user-friendly workflows and technology. He teaches and coaches front-line managers and supervisors. Danny serves as a patient/caregiver stakeholder representative on Technical Expert Panels for Shared Decision Support and PCORnet and sits on the Steering Committee for the AHRQ supported Clinical Decision Support Learning Network. He reviews PCORI research funding applications and serves as co-chair of PCORI’s Communication and Dissemination Advisory Panel and has been a member of MassHealth’s Payment and Care Delivery Innovation QI Task Force. Danny is active in the Society for Participatory Medicine, the Organization of Nurse Leaders, the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare, and the OpenID HEART workgroup.
Danny has worked clinically in home care, intensive and emergency care, physical rehabilitation, and behavioral health. He held leadership roles in rural and urban health systems, behavioral and community health, and managed care. He led two EHR implementation initiatives and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Patient/Family Experience initiative.
Danny blogs weekly (www.health-hats.com). He has spoken at HIMSS and the World Medical Informatics Conferences about Caregivers and HIT and at the AANC Magnet Conference about Transformational Leadership. He was recently interviewed for the on-line radio show, URGENT CARE. Danny plays baritone saxophone.