2006 Distinguished achievement award: Mark McDougall

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Mark D. McDougall 
Executive Director
Health Level Seven, Inc., and
Coalition for Healthcare eStandards
BSIE ’83
Chelsea, MI

Mark D. McDougall’s 1983 bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering prepared him to excel as a leader in the healthcare industry. For more than 20 years, he has applied engineering process-improvement strategies to the challenges of healthcare information systems — first as a consultant with the Chicago Hospital Council and later, as head of key professional societies that helped shape information technology resources and standards.

Throughout his management engineering career, McDougall was actively involved in the Chicago chapter of the Hospital Management Systems Society (HMSS). As a result of his contributions to this local professional association, the national office, then renamed the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, recruited him. This career move to association management enabled him to focus on serving the educational and professional growth needs of management engineers and information technology professionals.

In 1992, McDougall helped launch the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which serves the educational and professional growth needs of healthcare CIOs. And in 1995, with Microsoft’s blessing, he launched the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group, an independent nonprofit organization.

Currently, he co-owns Association Management Group, a for-profit company that manages and serves as the headquarters for several nonprofit healthcare information technology associations. McDougall also has been executive director of Health Level Seven, or HL7, since 1991, and the Coalition for Healthcare eStandards — two key professional organizations that aim to help the healthcare industry use information technology more efficiently. In fact, under McDougall’s leadership, HL7 has produced the most widely used health data interchange standards in the world.

A native of Monona, Wisconsin, and first in his extended family to attend college, McDougall grew up strongly attached to Badger athletics. A passionate basketball fan, he plays regularly in an over-30 league and occasionally coaches his children, Jack, 12, and Alex, 10, who also are passionate basketball fans and players.

McDougall’s wife, Rochelle, earned a master’s degree in reading from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly a second-grade teacher, she now is a stay-at-home-mom. Although they live in Chelsea, Michigan, McDougall and his family attend a Badger football and basketball game each year and, with his in-laws Jim and Pat Eick, Jack and Alex have attended UW-Madison’s Grandparents University each of the last four years. The family also retains its Wisconsin ties during summer vacations at a cottage in Eagle River.