About


Welcome to Shared Health Data! This is a blog about better health and healthcare through exchange of health information, greater transparency and proactive engagement of consumers.

I’m a general internist, consumer informaticist and researcher. I care about getting health information into the hands of those who want and need it the most – patients, consumers, all of us. I envision healthcare as it should be: information at patients’ fingertips. cost-effective services. great communication – with experts and with each other. I know exciting changes are coming…I hope we don’t have to wait for our kids to drive us there.

Currently at the VA (Veterans Health Administration and Maine VA Healthcare system), I work on designing information and services to engage patients in their own care, focusing on web & mobile apps that can integrate into health care. Better health and great patient experiences means shared health information that has reach and usage and positive impact.

I received an MD at Oregon Health & Science University, MPH from University of Washington and residency at Rhode Island Hospital. I did fellowships in health services research (Seattle VA) and medical informatics (OHSU). I’ve practiced in Massachusetts and Oregon, and worked 10 years at MaineHealth and Maine Medical Center. I am loving being back in Maine after a stint in Oregon. I do love Portlands!

My views and comments do not represent any organization or health system. I have no conflicts to declare.

Feel free to contact me at susan.woods@va.gov or suewoods50@gmail.com

Sue

Susan S. Woods, MD, MPH

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