Mark Savage is the director of health information technology policy and programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Savage oversees the National Partnership’s HIT strategy and work to advance electronic health information access and exchange as the necessary backbone for delivery reform, patient engagement, quality measurement and individual and population health. This work includes policy development for patients and families throughout the Meaningful Use program and related initiatives at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the White House; but the work and strategy reach more broadly as well and include initiatives to reduce health disparities and to advance person-centered health and care planning.
Among other things, Savage currently serves on the federal HIT Policy Committee’s Strategy and Innovation Workgroup and its Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Workgroup; on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics’ Work Group on HHS Data Access and Use; as co-chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Health Care Task Force; and on eHealth Initiative’s Leadership Council, among others. He is the consumer representative on the board of directors of the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX), a California nonprofit that is developing a statewide health information exchange.
Prior to joining the National Partnership, Savage was senior attorney at Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. His work there included developing, leading and implementing strategic responses to health issues, health information exchange and technology, insurance redlining, automobile insurance rating, among other issues, through multi-cultural coalition building, advocacy on governmental and nonprofit boards and committees, legislative advocacy, public education and projects. From 2009-2013, he developed and led Consumers Union’s statewide project in California to advocate patients’ needs and amplify the consumer voice for electronic health information exchange and its core role in health care reform. Savage launched his passion as a civil rights litigator at Public Advocates, a leading civil rights law firm in California where he became president and managing attorney.
Savage has a long history of advocating for consumers and multi-cultural communities on diverse issues. For example, in 2006, California Lawyer magazine named him Attorney of the Year for his landmark work against insurance redlining, ending auto insurers’ practice of basing premiums primarily on drivers’ ZIP codes and basing them instead primarily on driving safety record. In 1998, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles presented him the Drum Major Award for his contributions to peace and justice. In 2001, the Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association presented the "Living Our UU Values" award to him for consistently passionate and outstanding social justice work.
Savage is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of California, Berkeley. And without the love and support of his amazing family, none of this would have been possible.