Dr. Wyatt Smith, the founder of AbleVets is a board certified internist and pathologist with specialty boards in hematology and oncology. He has extensive experience in health information technology in the federal sector, physician adoption of healthcare technology measuring healthcare quality, clinical trials and personalized high-risk prevention.
Before his selection as the Deputy CIO for the Military Health System (MHS), Dr. Smith was the Executive and Commanding Officer for the Navy’s medical information technology command. There, he modernized privacy and security of the Navy’s healthcare systems and implemented AHLTA, the military health system’s electronic medical record (EHR), to Navy healthcare providers around the globe. He has served as the head of the Information Management Department at Health Affairs where he was responsible for the MHS information technology requirements and a $500 million annual budget and portfolio. He serviced on the Presidential Task Force to Improve Health Care for Our Nation’s Veterans, the Health and Human Services health IT Policy Board, founded several DoD/VA sharing initiatives, and was the military envoy to assist the Department of State with planning and design of their global EHR.
Dr. Smith graduated from San Diego State University. He received his medical degree from Western University and trained at Oakland Naval Hospital and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. While on staff at the medical center he founded and was head of the comprehensive Breast Cancer Center. He also served as associate professor at San Diego State University and steering committee member to the National Cancer Institute’s patient and provider website. He has provided strategic healthcare planning for the Department of State; consultative support for the Office of the National Coordinator for Meaningful Use and the HITECH Act; and implementation support for the Department of Defense’s Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER). He has supported the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense in building their mobile health programs.