Vice President, Policy Partnerships & Member Relations
Lauren Choi is Vice President for Policy Partnerships & Member Relations at NEHI, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. In this role, she catalyzes NEHI’s engagement with its member-stakeholders, helping to create policy initiatives and partnerships to facilitate health care innovation nationwide. She also leads NEHI’s stakeholder outreach and development efforts across the spectrum of health, technology, and health care, both in private and public sectors, providing cross sectoral opportunities for engagement among NEHI members and partners.
Lauren has more than 20 years of policy, advocacy, legislative, and legal experience in Washington D.C., working with healthcare, technology, and biomedical industries to advance thought leadership, policy development, and innovation before Congress, the executive branch, and industry stakeholders. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor and Director of Stakeholder Engagement in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
At ONC, Lauren led efforts to engage the private sector in HHS’ initiatives on delivery system reform and the "interoperability pledge." The pledge resulted in commitments by largest developers of electronic health record technology (EHR) used by 90 percent of U.S. Hospitals, the largest healthcare providers with combined facilities in 47 states, and leading technology, health information exchange, and consumer organizations. Collectively, these stakeholders committed to help consumers easily and securely access their electronic health information; to enable providers to share that information to provide better health care; and to implement national standards and practices to enable the exchange of health data.
Lauren previously served as the senior director for federal and international affairs at the Premier healthcare alliance, and as policy director for emerging companies at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). She also served as counsel to the Deputy Director General of the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and as counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Lauren holds a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law, an M.A. in International Finance & Banking from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.