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Episode #327 Software Interoperability And Public Health, With Andy Gregorowicz, MS

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Welcome to another riveting MITRE episode where Dr. Huntley engages in an insightful conversation with Andy Gregorowicz, Department Chief Engineer at the MITRE Corporation. Andy shares his journey, transitioning from software engineering to the world of public health, where he focuses on system interoperability and patient matching. Discover his passion for public health stemming from the profound impact of vaccination campaigns and how that led him to valuable projects for the CDC, particularly the Childhood Obesity Data Initiative (CODI) project. From decoding data privacy to creating connections between clinical and community organizations, this episode is a compelling exploration of how technology can powerfully reshape public health initiatives and their impact on society.


Meet Andy Gregorowicz


Andy Gregorowicz has over 20 years of experience as a software engineer for MITRE. Since joining, he has applied his software and interoperability expertise to current challenges faced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).


Andy is the Chief Engineer for the Public Health Practice, Integration and Delivery Department at MITRE. In that role, he is involved in multiple CDC projects, including the Clinical and cOmmunity Data Initiative (CODI).


When possible, Andy still likes to get his “hands dirty” and write code. This includes working on Synthea, an open-source synthetic patient population simulator. Andy holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Eastern Nazarene College and an MS in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University.



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Conversation Highlights


  • Andy's career as a software engineer to public health at MITRE.

  • The surprise challenges encountered while working on healthcare interoperability.

  • The pivotal impact of vaccination campaigns and the allure of public health for community well-being

  • The innovative approach and importance of patient data linkage for a comprehensive view of individual health

  • Insight into the Childhood Obesity Data Initiative (CODI) and its connection between clinical and community data

  • MITRE's Synthea project, a synthetic patient simulator aiding analytical purposes and research in various health domains

  • The role of privacy and trust in handling public health data and serving communities effectively.

  • Andy’s advice to individuals who are interested to pursue the same career path


“A lot of public health professionals are really cut from a lot of the same cloth as software engineers. There are a lot of folks within public health who are data nerds at heart. And I think that folks from software engineering disciplines and folks in public health can get along quite well.” - Andy Gregorowicz

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