Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Paul Tang, MD, is Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and is Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and serves on its Health Care Services Board. He chaired an IOM patient safety committee which published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.

Tang is Vice Chair of the federal Health Information Technology Policy committee, an advisory committee created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Chair of its Meaningful Use workgroup. He is a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), an advisory committee to the Secretary of HHS on health information policy, and co-chair of the NCVHS Quality Subcommittee. He chairs the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, is a member of the NQF Consensus Standards Approval Committee, and co-chairs the Quality Alliance Steering Committee’s Measurement Implementation Strategy subcommittee. Tang also chairs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Council for ProjectHealth Design (a program for innovative PHRs). He is a Past-Chair of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Tang has served on numerous committees of the National Institutes of Health, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and Computer Science and Technology Board. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Tang was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” in 2009 and “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare” in 2010. He received the 2009 AMIA Don E. Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics. He has been named an “Innovator and Influencer” by Information Week and “Healthcare Innovator” by Healthcare Informatics.

Tang contributed to the Markle Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information.


Markle Affiliations

  • Work Group on Consumer Access Policies
  • Health Collaborator
  • Markle Connecting for Health Steering Group