Sajid Ahmed is a true innovator and pioneer in healthcare information
systems. He has unparalleled experience in all aspects of applying computer
technology and web-based applications to deliver the highest quality of
medical care to patients, to facilitate collaboration among multiple and
diverse medical care providers and systems, and to increase the efficiency of healthcare environments. He is the visionary behind WISE Healthcare and is
guiding its work in artificial intelligence (AI), workflow engineering for healthcare organizations, virtual healthcare, and more.
Currently serving as an adviser to the leadership team at Martin Luther King,
Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) in South Los Angeles, Sajid was formerly the
hospital’s chief information and innovation officer. In that role he oversaw the
hospital’s $70 million health information technology initiative and launched
an innovation hub on the 42-acre MLK Medical Center Campus.
Sajid’s prior experience also includes serving as director of health information
technology and innovation for L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest
public plan, serving over 1 million Los Angeles County residents through free
or low-cost health insurance programs. He was responsible for coordinating,
managing, and integrating healthcare information technology and eHealth
initiatives among multiple users and partners. This includes all medical care
providers, community organizations, government agencies, vendors, and
other health information technologies. He served as vice chair of the
organization’s Technical Advisory Committee. One of his most significant
contributions to L.A. Care is the creation of HITEC-LA (Health Information
Technology Extension Center for Los Angeles County) for electronic health
record adoption and implementation for providers throughout L.A. County.
He created and launched eConsult in partnership with the Los Angeles
County Department of Health Services before leaving L.A. Care. EConsult is
an innovative telehealth system that allows for virtual consultations and
collaboration with specialists. As eConsult expands throughout California and
accumulates thousands of end users, it is becoming a national model for the
standard for care coordination and access to specialty care in the U.S.
Prior to his work on eConsult, Sajid was the visionary behind SelfMD™, where
he developed artificial intelligence tools, including emulating logical
inferences of cognition and intuition theory. He was instrumental in getting
the U.S. Military Medical Command to adopt advanced diagnostic
technologies and electronic health records systems. Sajid also served as
co-chair on health IT committees for California’s Health and Human Services
Agency, helping to draft the state’s $38.8 million Health Information
Technology strategic plan.
He has lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, and has been a guest lecturer at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), at the University of Southern California (USC), and at California State University, Los Angeles. USC honored him for his teaching at the USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He was a finalist for the Advanced Business League (ABL) Innovative Leadership Award for Healthcare. In 2016, the Los Angeles Business Journal lauded Sajid as “CIO/CTO of the Year” across all industries in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Currently, he is an advisory board member of the California Health eQuality Initiative, based at the University of California, Davis. He is a devoted husband and father of two, and enjoys backpacking, running, and diving.