Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CRC, CFPC is a physician informaticist, health information technology (HIT), and healthcare compliance professional.

He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of electronic health records (EHRs), telehealth, virtual services, quality reporting, risk adjustment, health information exchange, clinical terminology development, standards, and billing and coding compliance.

Dr. Stearns has provided leadership to informatics and terminology projects at the National Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and the College of American Pathologists. He served as the International Director of SNOMED International during the development of SNOMED CT and he was the founding board president of the Texas e-Health Alliance.  Dr. Stearns is the co-founder and a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin Health Information Technology Certificate Program.

Dr. Stearns co-chaired the American Health Information Management Associations’ (AHIMA) Technology and Innovations Practice Council in 2020.  He also served as a subject matter expert for the Health Information Management Department of Grand Canyon University.  Dr. Stearns has won several awards for teaching, patient privacy and EHR-related patient safety.  He is currently the Specialized Consulting Director – Medical Informatics at Wolters Kluwer, Health Language.

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