Nelson brings more than a decade of experience in private and public sectors, including public policy background, to oversee growth strategy for DigiCert’s healthcare security business
LEHI, UT (July 16, 2015) — DigiCert, a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity services, today announced the hire of Mike Nelson as Vice President of Healthcare Solutions. Leveraging a background that includes public policy development for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) as well as private sector management at GE Healthcare, Nelson will be responsible for developing and advancing DigiCert’s growth strategy within the healthcare security market.
“Mike brings a strong background and knowledge base that is already accelerating our efforts as a leading provider of authentication and encryption services for the healthcare industry,” said DigiCert COO John Merrill. “Having previously guided the National Electronic Health Record Initiative under the Bush administration and worked for many years in the private sector, Mike’s leadership will ensure that DigiCert continues to advance industry standards while innovating to help healthcare organizations efficiently achieve interoperability, attestation with federal guidelines and strong security of the data they exchange.”
Nelson’s growth strategy will focus on expanding DigiCert’s current position as the leading provider of FBCA Direct Trust certificates, which enable healthcare organizations to securely exchange healthcare information. This includes expanding these multi-purpose certificates to enable providers to electronically prescribe controlled substances (EPCS) and submit electronic medical documents (esMD) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Additionally, Nelson and his team will work closely with healthcare organizations and manufacturers of networked medical devices to understand their needs and ensure DigiCert continues to innovate with security solutions for authenticating and securing the growing number of networked medical devices and other access points.
Before joining DigiCert, Nelson worked at Leavitt Partners, a health intelligence company, where he led a consulting practice focused on leveraging collaboration to solve complex industry problems. Previously, Nelson worked as a Senior Project Manager for GE Healthcare where he developed advanced IT solutions aimed at enhancing patient outcomes while reducing costs. Before his time at GE Healthcare, he served at HHS as the Director of the National Electronic Health Record Initiative, a Medicare demonstration project that resulted in the program now known as Meaningful Use.
Nelson actively serves as a board member for the Utah chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Business from the University of Utah.
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