Larry Garber, MD

Medical Director for Informatics
Reliant Medical Group

Dr. Garber is a practicing Internist and the Medical Director for Informatics at Reliant Medical Group, a 525-provider multispecialty group practice. He is a board-certified Clinical Informaticist and has had decades of experience and success in Medical Informatics. He is Chair of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative’s Executive Committee, a member of the Massachusetts State Health Information Technology Council, and has been a member of ONC Policy Committee’s Interoperability Workgroup, Jason Task Force, Privacy & Security Tiger Team, and Interoperability Experience Task Force.

Dr. Garber has been Principal Investigator on $4 Million AHRQ, ONC and MeHI grants to develop innovative Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). Under the AHRQ grant, Dr. Garber designed the technical architecture and led the development and implementation of SAFEHealth, an efficient opt-in consent model HIE that has been live and self-sustaining since 2009. Through ONC’s HIE Challenge Grant known as IMPACT, Dr. Garber led the technical design, development, and implementation of LAND & SEE which facilitate receiving/creating/sending CDA documents via HIEs regardless of an organization’s technologies. LAND is being used throughout Massachusetts & SEE was piloted in central Massachusetts with 8 nursing facilities, and a home health agency. Through IMPACT, Dr. Garber also co-chaired the ONC S&I Framework Longitudinal Coordination of Care Workgroup which used an evidence-based approach to drive updating the HL7 Consolidated CDA to R2.0 in order to meet the needs of care transitions and care planning. He also participated in the Trillium Bridge Project to study exchanging standard documents between Europe and the US. Dr. Garber now leads IMPACT 2.0, a MeHI Connected Communities Implementation Grant to automate health information exchange and event notifications to ambulances, ERs, nursing facilities, home health agencies, a behavioral health hospital, primary care physicians, and care managers.

Dr. Garber is recipient of the 2010 eHealth Initiative eHealth Advocate Award, the 2011 Health Data Management EHR Game Changer Award, and an ONC Health IT Fellow. He led the HIMSS 2011 Davies Award-winning implementation of Reliant’s EHR system along with the 2013 recognition of it achieving HIMSS Ambulatory Stage 7 and the 2015 incorporation of 70 Million records of clinical data representing over 30 years of patient history from an external EHR.