Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS is a primary care physician, a medical informatics professional, an innovation expert and a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating real world solutions which improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system for both patients and physicians.


Dr. Lyle Berkowitz is the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Innovation for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago and the Founder & Director of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP).  He is also President of Back 9 Healthcare Consulting, and the Founder and Chairman of healthfinch, a healthcare software company making "Doctor Happiness Tools".


In 2008, HealthLeaders magazine highlighted Dr. Berkowitz as one of the nation's top "individuals who are making a difference in today's complex healthcare world" in their annual article on “Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better”.  In 2009, Healthspottr chose him as one of the “Future Health Top 100”, their list of top innovators and change agents in healthcare.  In 2010, his "Change Doctor" blog was voted one of the "Top 50 Healthcare IT Blogs", and he was a winner of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation's iSpot Competition for "Ideas that Will Transform Healthcare”.  In 2011 and 2012, he was named one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticians in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Dr. Berkowitz has researched and consulted in the field of medical informatics throughout his professional career, with a focus on creating tools and strategies to improve both the physician and patient experience.  He has gained national recognition as a well-regarded speaker, as the author of “Physician Adoption Strategies” in the American College of Physician’s book entitled Electronic Medical Records, and in his new book, Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare published in 2013. 


Dr. Berkowitz serves on the Governance Board of the Innovation Learning Network, the Editorial Boards of Healthcare Informatics and Clinical Innovation + Technology magazines, and the Advisory Boards of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (IHT2).  Dr. Berkowitz graduated with a Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.


Finally, as the CEO and President of Back 9 Healthcare Consulting, Dr. Berkowitz works with a variety of hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies, eHealth vendors and other similar organizations.  As an independent informatics and innovation consultant, Dr. Berkowitz helps these healthcare entities use information technologies and strategies in new and disruptive ways.  Special interests include Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Internet applications, Change Management Leadership, Physician Adoption Strategies, Information Process Reengineering, and Innovative Thinking in Healthcare.



I'm a creature of change, but really do strive to focus on change for the better over change just for itself... still, sometimes, just gotta try something once to see if it alters your thinking. --LLB (2009, from his blog Change Doctor:


To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its cost, we should make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years we will have a healthcare system that rewards value over volume by encouraging and reimbursing improved quality and efficiencies.  We do not want to tell healthcare providers how this will be accomplished, rather we want to lower the barriers to innovation, from new models of care to use of information technologies, while also increasing the incentives to succeed.  That is the American way. --LLB (2009)

We don’t have a shortage of physicians in America, we have a shortage of using physicians efficiently in America.--LLB (2008)


“A smart future will see an increased use of paramedical personnel in the delivery of basic healthcare, supported by innovative information technology before medical specialists get involved.” --LLB (2008, from the article Is technology a critical tool to avert healthcare crisis? by Mike Swinson with the Australian Magazine Pulse+IT)


“If we don’t adopt new technology and change the way we deliver care, it will be harder and harder to get to see a doctor, it will cost more, the rich will cope, the poor will suffer.  Many will die earlier than they would have if cost effective treatments were available.  We have to act now before the healthcare system goes into meltdown.” --LLB (2008, from the article Is technology a critical tool to avert healthcare crisis? by Mike Swinson with the Australian Magazine Pulse+IT)