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Amy Helwig, MD, MS

Deputy Director,
Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr. Amy Helwig serves as Deputy Director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, the premier resource for the nation’s quality and safety community, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In her role, she provides critical leadership and budgetary oversight of national quality and patient safety programs and high visibility teams that serve as the primary source of quality and patient safety expertise for Congress and the White House.

Previously, Dr. Helwig served as the Director, HIT Safety and Clinical Informatics and Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Office of Clinical Quality and Safety. Her responsibilities included oversight of the health IT safety and usability programs, and development of standardized, clinical decision support to be used in national quality improvement and population health management programs.

Prior to ONC, during her first tour at AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Dr. Helwig served as the team lead and senior clinician for the Patient Safety Organization Program.  She led the implementation of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act and the development of common formats for patient safety event reporting and national aggregate analysis.  Additionally, Dr. Helwig was involved in development of tools for adverse event detection, patient safety culture, and clinical team safety training programs.

Dr Helwig is board-certified in both clinical informatics and family medicine and a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has also served as Associate Corporate Medical Director at Quad/Med, the medical division of Quad/Graphics, in Sussex, WI where she practiced family medicine and directed their unique multi-state health care and disease management system that offered on-site primary care clinics for employees and families of Quad/Graphics.