About Us

Lyle Berkowitz

Chris McCarthy


Lyle Berkowitz, M.D., FACP, FHIMSS, is a practicing primary care physician, Founder and Director of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program, Medical Director of IT and Innovation for Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, and the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Innovation for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. He is also a serial HIT entrepreneur and consultant, working with a variety of startups and publicly traded healthcare IT vendors, as well as numerous hospitals, medical groups, pharmaceutical companies and governmental agencies over the past two decades. He serves on the Governance Board of the Innovation Learning Network (ILN), the Advisory Board of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), the Editorial Board of Healthcare Informatics and Clinical Innovation + Technology, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation. He wrote the chapter on “Physician Adoption Strategies” for the American College of Physicians’ book Electronic Medical Records, and clearly forgot how much work this book writing thing takes! He has been listed as one of HealthLeader’s “Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better”; Healthspottr’s “Future Health Top 100”, and Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Clinical Informaticists”. Dr. Berkowitz graduated with a Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. You can find him at DrLyle.com.


Chris McCarthy is the Director of the Innovation Learning Network and an Innovation Specialist with Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy. In this dual role, he innovates at the frontlines of healthcare and he connects innovators across the world to accelerate the spread of design thinking and great ideas; this dual work was featured in the Harvard Business Review (Sept 2010) and in “Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs” (2012) as well as FastCompany, the New York Times and many more. Some of his innovations include better tools for new moms, safer medication administration for patients, and more robust shift changes for nurses.  Chris was named the 2011 Ellerbe Beckett Lecturer at the University of Minnesota, and is an international speaker on innovation and design. The United Kingdom’s National Health Service, the Danish Healthcare System and the Canadian Health System have asked for his insight on innovation and healthcare.  Chris has a master’s in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Copenhagen Business School, and a master’s in public health in Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his spare time, he obsesses about fitness, movies and home remodels.  You can find him on Twitter: @mccarthychris and his Blog: mccarthychris.com.