Dr. Ong has worked from 1998 to 2016 in Clinical Informatics full-time in a variety of healthcare systems located in greater New York City. His last full-time engagement at a hospital as a Chief Medical Informatics Officer included achieving Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2 and chairing the I.T. committee of its population health project (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program).
From 1976 to 1998 he did clinical practice starting in Family Medicine and then specializing in Infectious Diseases. He transitioned from clinical practice to serving as a medical director for quality and risk management for a healthcare system and finally moved to Clinical Informatics full-time to implement and maintain the system’s first electronic health record.
His clinical informatics history includes publishing the third edition of his Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) award winning 'Medical Informatics: an Executive Primer' whose earlier editions were written for the health information technology course he taught for seven years at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
He has received awards for clinical informatics: 2016 HIMSS service award for having served on its Board of Directors; in 2015 the International Association of Healthcare Professionals selected Ken as a leading Clinical Informatics physician of the world; ExecSens Top Talks of 2013- ‘Consumer-Patient Engagement’; 2012 Modern Healthcare top 25 clinical informaticists; 2002 Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Applied Medical Informatics award.
He has been board certified in Clinical Informatics, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Family Practice. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America, HIMSS, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He received his MPH at Columbia University, MD at Wayne State University, and BS at University of Michigan.
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