Fred Trotter is a healthcare data journalist and author. He is a founder of CareSet Systems and The DocGraph Journal, a technical blogger for O’Reilly Radar, and co-author of the first Health IT O’Reilly book Hacking Healthcare.
CareSet’s Patch creates a comprehensive map of the healthcare system, by showing how healthcare providers collaborate to deliver healthcare. The DocGraph Journal seeks to create and disseminate new open healthcare data sets, and to foster a community of data scientists who contribute tools and expertise to the analyses of open healthcare data.
Fred’s technical commentary and data journalism work has been featured in several online and print journals including Wired, Forbes, U.S. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. As a technology entrepreneur he is an alumni of multiple successful technical startups including Rackspace, Exault (purchased by Verisign), and ClearHealth (the top Open Source EHR company).
In recognition of his role within the Open Source Health Informatics community, Fred was the only Open Source representative invited by the NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’ under ARRA. He also represented the Open Source EHR community in negotiations with CCHIT, a leading EHR certification body. He currently serves on the Consumer Technology Workgroup for the Health IT standards committee which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Fred Trotter is deeply involved in the e-patient movement, the quantified self movement, the health 2.0 community. In all of those environments, he has focused on building tools that help empower patients to improve their own health, with a specific focus on behavior modification. Fred is a founder of the programmable self concept, and frequentspeaker on the topic. He was once a member of the Security and Trust Working Group for the Direct Project, and co-creator of the Direct Trust Model.
In addition, Fred is a recognized expert in Free and Open Source medical software and security systems. He has spoken on those subjects at the SCALE DOHCS conference, Health 2.0, Academy of Health Care Journalists conference, Strata RX, Strata, LinuxWorld, DefCon and is an MC for the Open Source Health Conference and sometimes the healthcare track at OSCON.
He has a B.S in Computer Science, a B.A in psychology and a B.A in philosophy from Trinity University. He minored in Business Administration, Cognitive Science, and Management Information Systems. Before working directly on health software, he passed the CISSP certification and consulted for VeriSign on HIPAA security for major hospitals and health institutions. He was originally trained on information security at the Air Force Information Warfare Center.