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William Stephens

Affiliation: Office of Public Health Informatics, Tarrant County Public Health, Tarrant County, Texas, USA

Mr. Stephens has been a manager at Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) for over ten years focused primarily on informatics applied to surveillance, disease detection and investigation to enhance public health preparedness through innovation. He currently serves as manager for the TCPH Office of Public Health Informatics (OPHI), and oversees and directs development of a new reportable disease surveillance and reporting system that is part of an 1115 Waiver program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition, he is the principal investigator on a continuing program to enhance capacity and utilization of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Syndromic Surveillance Platform in Texas Health Service Region 2/3 and elsewhere in Texas. Prior to these programs, he managed the advanced practice center (APC) at Tarrant County Public Health for over eight years. Mr. Stephens previously served on CDC’s first national biosurveillance advisory subcommittee, and was a member of the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors for the Center for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response for over two years. Prior to joining Tarrant County Public Health, he held senior management positions in several defense systems programs. He also served as the founding director/CEO of Scientific Imaging Technologies (Portland, OR), a high-tech start-up, where he led engineering and business development teams in key scientific/biomedical imaging programs. In that role, he contributed to development of the first commercially available digital mammography systems, and for detectors used in the Human Genome Program, in addition to several classified defense systems programs for advanced target detection. He holds an MS degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

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