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TIGER HIT Agenda/Advocacy Facilitators



Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Commander Alicia Bradford is an active duty registered nurse in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. CDR Bradford joined the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology in November 2005 as a Nurse Informaticist in the Office of Health Information Technology Adoption. Prior to joining ONC, CDR Bradford was stationed at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she managed the system’s development component of the Doctor’s Office Quality-Information Technology (DOQ-IT) project. She was the lead technical project manager for the Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI) initiative.

CDR Bradford has more than 13 years of clinical nursing experience, nearly all them using health information technology systems.  From 1999-2003, she was a Senior Clinical Research Nurse at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center working on a bone marrow transplant unit with hematology and oncology patients.  From 1994-1999 she was active duty in the U.S. Navy stationed at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda and aboard the USNS Comfort. She continues to maintain her clinical currency, deploying as a member of the USPHS Commissioned Corps Readiness Force.

CDR Bradford holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and a M.S. in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In 2005, she obtained board certification in Nursing Informatics. Recently, she was selected as an American Nurses Association (ANA) representative on the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Bank of Nurse Experts for Nursing and Health Informatics.



Carolyn Padovano PhD, RN

Director, SNOMED Terminology Solutions

Dr. Carolyn Padovano has over 20 years of national and international experience in both the public and the private sectors as a successful healthcare professional leader. She has a proven track record in business development, operations, consulting, research, clinical informatics, utilization/disease/case management, clinical software development, education/teaching, and as a clinician in public health care. Her experience includes executive-level management in clinical and business positions, where she excels in the assessment of complex clinical/financial situations, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. Her specialty experience includes program and project management; business process re-engineering; clinical IT product development, testing, and training; on-site deployment and implementation of computerized patient medical records and clinical decision software products; and management of sales and customer relations. She has served as a faculty member and conference presenter, and as the author of national case/utilization management certification programs, and several other publications. Dr. Padovano is adept at instituting health and public policy to elevate professional standards and care.


Dr. Padovano earned a nursing diploma from the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1984, then served in leadership positions as a Registered Nurse at Marlboro Hospital and at Framingham Union Hospital in Massachusetts. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, in 1989, and a Masters of Science in Nursing and Population/Community Health from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in 1991. She completed both degrees while serving as Site/Nursing Director at several Fallon Clinics in the Worcester area.


Dr. Padovano completed a Ph.D. in Nursing (Universals in Nursing) from Boston College in 1994, while working as a Researcher at the college and as Site/Nursing Director at the Fallon Clinics. In 1995, she joined Interqual, Inc., in North Hampton, New Hampshire, where she worked until 1998 as the Director of Research and Education. She joined as the Director of Consulting (Operations Effectiveness) at First Consulting Group, Inc., in Lexington, Massachusetts, in 1998, then served as Vice President at ZA Consulting, LLC, in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1999 until 2003. She moved to Virginia, in 2003, where she joined Integic Corporation’s Informatics, EHR Development and Testing, and Deployment and Training Divisions. Dr. Padovano currently works for MITRE Corporation, a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center, as Chief of Healthcare Strategy and Clinical Informatics in the Healthcare Mission Area. She provides subject matter expertise, and advises and leads in key relationships within the Department of Health and Human Services (ONC, ASPR/NDMS, NIH/NCRR, CMS, CDC, IHS), the Department of Defense, and the Veterans’ Administration, etc. Her main responsibilities include developing business strategies and technological solutions while facilitating clinical informatics’ and research initiatives.


Dr. Padovano is involved in numerous professional associations and participates in a variety of volunteer organizations. She is a member and contributor of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the American Public Health Association, the American Nursing Association, the International Council of Nurses, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Roy Adaptation Association. She is an adjunct Clinical Informatics Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and a Visiting Scholar at Boston College. Dr. Padovano holds numerous awards, honors, and publications, and has lectured around the world. 



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