Healthcare leader recognized for his advocacy for post-acute and long-term care constituents to close interoperability gaps with mainstream healthcare
BOISE, Idaho – December 17, 2020 – Kno2®, the company that enables interoperability at scale, today announced that Alan Swenson, the company’s Vice President of Interoperability, received the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL) Member of the Year award at their 31st Annual Meeting and Rehab Symposium held virtually this past November.
NASL represents the federal legislative and regulatory interests of ancillary service providers, focusing on the intersection of clinical, diagnostic testing and health information technology (Health IT) issues. Each year, NASL presents its Member of the Year Award to a member or group of members who contribute their time and talents to the work of the Association – especially those members who are involved in their committees, meetings or other NASL activities. This special award requires nomination from peers and is reserved for NASL members who have gone “above and beyond” in advancing the mission of NASL.
“Alan’s leadership at the committee and board level has been critical over this past year as he has guided our review and understanding of complex, intertwined and sweeping federal regulatory proposals on the interoperability of Health IT,” said NASL Executive Vice President Cynthia Morton. “Alan has been instrumental as NASL explores issues around patient identification and matching, exchange of patient health data and public health reporting on immunization and infectious disease, especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Morton adds, “as advocates for those who are caring for America’s most vulnerable citizens, we need to work across sectors. Often it is Alan’s voice and perspective that brings disparate viewpoints together and breaks down complicated, unwieldy technical issues so that barriers can be addressed.”
As VP of Interoperability, Mr. Swenson is currently focused to improving interoperability across the entire continuum of care. He is responsible for overseeing specific projects aimed at extending interoperability to hard to reach markets, such as long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC), behavioral health, emergency medical services, and community services. Mr. Swenson represents Kno2’s partners and customers in industry trade associations like NASL, and actively participates and leads in other industry interoperability initiatives, such as DirectTrust™, Carequality and the CommonWell Health Alliance®.
“I am both honored and extremely humbled to have been nominated by one of my servant peers at NASL and selected by the NASL leadership team,” said Mr. Swenson. “I work with so many volunteers and know that any one of them could have been recognized for their contributions. I am looking forward to 2021 and the opportunities to expand NASL’s focus on interoperability so that information can be easily exchanged and patient care improved.”
Swenson is currently serving a two-year term as a member of the NASL Board of Directors and serves as Vice Chair for the NASL IT Committee.
The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) is a trade association representing the legislative and regulatory interests of companies that provide care and rehabilitation therapy services (physical, occupational and speech-language pathology therapies); clinical laboratory and portable x-ray services; health information technology systems; and products such as complex medical equipment and specialized supplies for long term and post-acute care settings nationally. The mission of NASL is to represent ancillary service providers and suppliers in the long term and post-acute care community on healthcare policy and to advocate for high-quality, cost-effective care. Visit www.nasl.org to learn more.