Lorraine Possanza, DPM, JD, MBE is a Senior Patient Safety, Risk, and Quality Analyst and HIT Safety Liaison at ECRI Institute. Among her other responsibilities, Dr. Possanza is the program director of the collaborative pilot project entitled the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. This project brings together, for the first time, EHR developers/vendors, providers, and Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) in a collaborative analytic and learning environment. Lorraine has also managed and coordinated the copy and paste workgroup, chaired by Tejal Gandhi, MD of NPSF and the patient identification workgroup, chaired by Hardeep Singh.
Dr. Possanza has over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. She is a board certified podiatrist who has served as a staff member at a number of hospitals, surgical centers, and nursing facilities as well as having provided care in the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital system. As the Director of Risk Management at a 400-bed teaching hospital, Dr. Possanza lectured and published articles explaining how to reduce the risk of litigation and how to improve safety and healthcare operations. Dr. Possanza also has extensive legal experience defending physicians and hospitals in professional liability actions as well as in the regulatory and transactional health law focusing on Stark, Anti-kickback, HIPAA and HITECH issues along with licensing and contracting issues.
Dr. Possanza completed her undergraduate studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York, her academic training in podiatric medicine (DPM) at Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and her surgical residency at Kensington Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Possanza went on to earn a law degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, receiving several academic awards, is admitted to practice in PA and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dr. Possanza also holds a Master of Bioethics (MBE) from the University of Pennsylvania and has served as a consultant in end of life care matters. Dr. Possanza is a member of Temple University, School of Podiatric Medicine’s Foundation Board, and continues to hold a leadership position on the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine’s Alumni Board. She has authored a number of publications and has delivered a number of presentations on both medicine and law.