Deputy Director, Center for Connected Health

Laura Rappleye PortraitLaura Rappleye has 18 years of experience planning and implementing health information technology (IT) solutions in public health and clinical care settings. Her primary focus of expertise is advancing population health management through the integration of clinical and public health data sets. She has led in the creation of standardized implementation guides for electronic health records to communicate with public health registries and in the development of automated data quality assurance and validation tools.

Ms. Rappleye is the project lead for Michigan Cancer Surveillance Program, Michigan Birth Defects Registry, Michigan vital records, newborn screening electronic health record, and Medicaid Integrated Care Bridge Record interoperability projects. She is the Health Level Seven (HL7) project facilitator for the creation of a national HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) implementation guide for ambulatory health care provider reporting to birth defect registries and serves as the HL7 Public Health and Emergency Response Work Group co-chair.

Ms. Rappleye also serves as a Meaningful Use subject matter expert for public health. She is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Stage 2 and 3 Meaningful Use Public Health Requirements Task Force and co-chair of the Specialized Registry Workgroup. She served on the Subject Matter Review Team for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Public Health Interoperability Online Training lessons.

Previously, Ms. Rappleye worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). She was the business lead for the Department’s health IT initiatives. She planned and implemented Michigan's public health Meaningful Use registration and testing process. She served as the project lead for the planning and implementation of MDCH's infrastructure to enable health information exchange between Michigan's public health systems and external partners, as well as the business lead for the State of Michigan's health information exchange cooperative agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), contributing to the planning and development of the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN).  Ms. Rappleye supported the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR)—Michigan’s immunization information system for eight years.

She holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Western Michigan University.