Donald W. Kemper, MPH
Donald W. Kemper, MPH, is founder and CEO of Healthwise, a not-for-profit organization whose consumer health information and decision tools have been turned to over a billion times to help people make better health decisions. Mr. Kemper is a passionate advocate for raising the quality of patient engagement in health care. By prescribing prevention, self-management, and decision-support tools relevant to each person’s needs, clinicians can engage and motivate their patients to become active partners in their health and wellness.
In 2002 Kemper co-authored “Information Therapy: Prescribed Information as a Reimbursable Medical Service.” The book presented the concept and the practicalities of how information prescriptions to each patient would become a core and expected part of health care, as is now required through the Meaningful Use rules for electronic medical records. More recently Kemper has championed the concept of “patient response” in which the patient’s use of and reply to information prescriptions are recorded in the clinical record. Mr. Kemper has coauthored five medical self-care and health promotion handbooks that together have sold over 37 million copies.
Mr. Kemper serves as a Board member for the National Quality Forum. The Foundation for Accountability named Mr. Kemper a health care “visionary” for his dedication to responding to the needs of America’s patients. Mr. Kemper has also been recognized by Advance for Health Information Executives as one of the top 25 most influential forces in health care IT. The Wall Street Journal named Healthwise one of fifteen top small workplaces in America. Mr. Kemper holds master’s degrees in Health Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.