Mr. Armijo is Vice President and Director, Health Innovations and Technical Assistance. He has served in positions of increasing responsibility since joining the Institute as a policy analyst in 1999. He has led efforts with numerous federal and state agencies to manage technology portfolios, inform national health IT policy, and foster advancements to improve health through accelerating the adoption of electronic health records and advancing clinical decision support.
With more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Armijo has dedicated his career to paradigm-changing work in the application of information technology to health and health care. He began that career by designing one of the first anonymous, error or near-miss patient safety systems to be widely used in the health sector. Today, his contributions center on realizing the value of system-wide changes in practice enabled by technology.
Mr. Armijo has served as program manager for efforts with multiple state departments of health; the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; the Kresge Foundation; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; the Military Health System; the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the Health Resources and Services Administration; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, who is the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mr. Armijo currently serves as the director of the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption, which supports the selection, adoption, and meaningful use of electronic health records to improve the quality and efficiency of primary care services delivered in Michigan. He also serves as the director of Altarum’s innovation award from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. His research interests include understanding the true costs and benefits of technology investments, fostering the creation of a “learning health system,” and effecting behavior change through improved information flows and clinical decision support.
Before joining Altarum, Mr. Armijo held administrative positions at one of the largest health systems in the country and at a health maintenance organization affiliated with the University of Michigan. He earned his master’s of health services administration degree from the University of Michigan and his BA from Oakland University.