Business Lead – Health Information Exchange & Innovation
Mr. Lenel James has over thirty five years of experience in IT strategy/systems consulting, and
standards development. Lenel James is a Business Lead for the Industry Standards and eHealth
team of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. His responsibilities include working on the
business process and technology implications of value-based care and the eHealth standards to
He is an active member of HL7, participating in the Attachments, Patient Care and Electronic Health
Record Work Groups. He is also part of the HL7 Payer User Group and Payer Summit planning committee.
In his community activities, Lenel is a member of the Executive Committee of the Great Lakes Regional
Health Equity Council (RHEC). He also co-chairs the Cross-RHEC Community Health Worker Coalition
(representing four regions across over 25 states). His past industry leadership activities includes past-
Chair of the HIMSS PHR Public Comment Work Group, past Chair of the ASC X12, Collaboration and
Outreach Task Group, past-member of the National Uniform Claim and Billing Committees.
Lenel has his MBA and is also a Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT). His
industry recognitions include being recipient of the HL7 Volunteer of the Year Award, the Spirit of HIMSS
Award, and receiving the Award of Merit from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Exchange. .