J.D. Kleinke

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J.D. Kleinke
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Bachelor of Science
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
University of Maryland
Spouse(s)Sara Radcliffe

J.D. Kleinke is an American author and musician, and former health care entrepreneur and industry thought leader. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Freeskier Magazine, The Surfers Journal, and other publications. He is the author of Dudeville, a novel about snowboard mountaineering; Catching Babies, a novel about the culture and training of maternity care providers; and Bleeding Edge and Oxymorons, two works of non-fiction about the American health care system.

During his health career, he was involved in the formation, management, and governance of numerous health care information organizations, including Health Grades, Truven Health Analytics, RIMS/Trizetto, Omnimedix Institute, Mount Tabor, and Context Matters. He remains active as a mentor to health care technology start-ups and growth companies, including Wildflower Health and Omada Health. [1][2][3][4][5]

Over the course of his career, Kleinke wrote extensively about the economics, politics, and culture of the US health care system. Since the early 1990s, he was outspoken on the real impact of changes to the system (e.g., managed care, Obamacare, physician payment incentives, computerization), and the effects of such changes on patient care, clinician professional development, health care organization strategy, and the public health.[6][7][8][9][10] He has served as a Resident Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute,[11] member of the Editorial Board of Health Affairs,[12] and frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal[13] and The Huffington Post.[14]

Early life and education[edit]

Kleinke attended the University of Maryland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1989.[15] He later attended Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University where he graduated with a M.S.B. in 1997.[7]


Book signing event with author J.D. Kleinke.

Writing and advocacy[edit]

Kleinke’s earliest written work involved critical economic analysis of the first generation of managed care. His first book, Bleeding Edge: The Business of Health Care in the New Century, published in 1998, was a harsh critique of the economic conflict generated by the imposition of untested managed care methods on what was at the time an antiquated, fragmented health care financing and delivery system.[16] His second book, Oxymorons: The Myth of a US Health Care System published in 2001, described in detail a health care system rebuilt around consumer choice, increasing patient cost-sharing, mandated coverage, and exchange-based health plan selection – the cornerstones of what would become the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” in 2010.[17] Kleinke’ third book, Catching Babies, published in 2011, is a medical novel about the training of obstetrician-gynecologists and the culture of childbirth in the US. Catching Babies is currently in development as a TV series.[18][19]

From the early 1990s, Kleinke was one of the earliest advocates for the measurement of health care quality, the quantification-based accountability of health care providers, and the computerization of American medicine.[7] He published several journal-length articles on these inter-related subjects in the peer-reviewed policy journal Health Affairs from the mid-1990s through 2005. This work - in particular “Dot-Gov: Market Failure and the Creation of a National Health Information Technology System” - has been widely cited by subsequent researchers and health information technology advocates.[20] Kleinke’s work on these subjects was used by policymakers to formulate legislation mandating and funding the adoption of electronic medical records by US health care providers, culminating with the Health Information Technology Act of 2010.[21]

Kleinke was an early supporter of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health reform law, based on his public analyses of the principles of market economics, consumer choice and insurer competition built into the law’s structure – ideas denied or overlooked by the President’s political opponents. As a Resident Fellow at the conservative think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute, Kleinke was the first to publish in the national media the conservative origins of the health care law. Kleinke’s article on these origins in The New York Times, “The Conservative Case for Obamacare” - published five weeks before the re-election of President Obama - generated significant controversy, and his departure from AEI followed three months later.[10][22]

Kleinke’s health care writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron's, Health Affairs, JAMA, the British Medical Journal, Modern Healthcare, Managed Healthcare and Forbes.[14]

Business career[edit]

Kleinke’s health care writing and advocacy were informed by three decades of working at the forefront of the health information industry. This industry was in its infancy in the early 1990s when Kleinke and fellow students, alumni and faculty-mentors from The Johns Hopkins University established HCIA, the company that would become Solucient and is now known as Truven Health Analytics.[23]

While a graduate student at Hopkins, Kleinke had been serving as Director of Corporate Programs at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems in Towson, Maryland, which at the time, was the largest private psychiatric hospital in the US. While at Sheppard Pratt, Kleinke developed and managed the nation’s first provider-based, managed mental health care system. In that early management role, Kleinke recognized the importance of data, information and analysis to the future of the health care system, at a time when nearly every element of the system was paper-based, archaically organized, and grossly inefficient.[24]

Kleinke and his colleagues at HCIA and other start-ups in the early 1990s pioneered what would be the emerging field of “health care informatics,” or the application of quantitative analytical techniques to large sets of data on medical care. (This movement was part of what would come to be known across all industries as “Big Data").[25][26] Kleinke helped develop HCIA from a niche health care data analysis firm to a major provider of sophisticated information products and analytical services to health care systems, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical companies across the U.S. and Europe. Today, its successor organization, Truven Health Analytics, is a health care information company with revenues estimated at more than $500 million per year.[2][3][26]

After five years and a successful IPO, Kleinke left HCIA in 1998 and joined the boards of other health care information companies, most notably Health Grades, which democratized the use of health care informatics by applying its methods to consumer health care provider selection. Kleinke served on the company’s Board of Directors until 2008, including as Executive Vice Chairman for several years, when it was also a publicly traded company.[23][27]

In 2004, Kleinke founded and led the Omnimedix Institute, a 501-c-3 charitable organization that created, built and promoted information technologies for giving patients and their families safe and secure access to and control over their own medical data. With funding from private foundations, public corporations, and the federal government, Omnimedix developed and deployed open and ubiquitous health information technologies designed to increase patient access to the health care system; to data on their own medical care; and to information about the best care available for their medical condition.[3][28]

In 2007, Kleinke co-founded and led Mount Tabor, a health care information technology development company established to plan, design, build, test and launch systems for the transformation and movement of electronic medical information. Mount Tabor provided business strategy and technology integration services for health care companies, technology providers, and government entities creating health information products, systems and services. Mount Tabor helped build, launch and test the Google Health personal health information platform, and supported the implementation of Microsoft HealthVault personal health information platform.[4][29]

Kleinke currently serves as an investor in and mentor to Wildflower Health, a provider of mobile apps that help patients and families manage pregnancies and early childhood health, on behalf of commercial and Medicaid health plans, state Medicaid programs, and employers;[5] and Context Matters, a provider of drug reimbursement and clinical information products, and related drug data management services, to pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions.[15] He also serves on the Board of Primary Care Progress, a non-profit organization that provides management education and leadership training services to US physicians.[2]

Music performances and writings[edit]

Kleinke is a musician, and plays guitar, mandolin, bass and banjo in folk, bluegrass and sacred music settings. He currently serves as Music Director for Congregation Shir Tikvah (Portland, OR); is the founder and leader of Nashir Neshama, a Jewish kirtan group based in Portland; and provides musical accompaniment for kirtan events and yoga classes.[30] In the late 1980s, Kleinke wrote musician profiles and album reviews for Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Unlimited, Frets, Banjo Newsletter, and the Old Time Herald.[31][32][33]



Year Title Original publisher ISBN Notes
2017 Dudeville Bayamet LLC 9780692977767
2011 Catching Babies Fourth Chapter Books 9780982663905
2001 Oxymorons: The Myth of a U.S. Health Care System Jossey-Bass 9780787959708
1998 Bleeding Edge: The Business of Health Care in the New Century Aspen Publishers 9780834211902

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Personal life[edit]

Kleinke is married to Sara Radcliffe, President and CEO of California Life Sciences Association.[34]


  1. ^ Moore, Duncan (21 March 2006). "Health Grades Posting Medical Costs On Web". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Collins, Sonya (28 May 2015). "Q&A With Medical Economist, And Newest PCP Board Member, J.D. Kleinke". Primary Care Progress. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "TECH: The VA and Health IT--A Model that Works". Medsphere. 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "The Experts: Have We Entered a Period Where People Are Screening Too Much for Disease?". The Wall Street Journal. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Press Release: Pioneering Healthcare Entrepreneur & Strategist J.D. Kleinke Joins Wildflower Health". Wildflower Health. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  6. ^ "The Future of Healthcare Policy". American Program Bureau. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "A Conversation With J.D. Kleinke: Toward Better Forms of Managed Care". Managed Care Mag. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  8. ^ Kleinke, J.D. (17 February 2012). "The Myth of Runaway Health Spending". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  9. ^ Kleinke, J.D. (19 July 2013). "Why Is This Still an Issue?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  10. ^ a b Turner, Grace-Marie (4 October 2012). "AEI Scholar J.D. Kleinke Pilloried by Conservative Policy Experts Over New York Times Op-Ed". Forbes. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  11. ^ Goodman, John (1 October 2012). "AEI Endorses ObamaCare". National Center for Policy Analysis. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Primary Care Progress Elects J.D. Kleinke to Board of Directors". Newswire. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  13. ^ "All posts tagged J.D. Kleinke". www.wsj.com. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  14. ^ a b "J.D. Klenke". www.huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  15. ^ a b "J.D. Klenke". www.bloomberg.com. Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  16. ^ Johnson, D.E. (16 October 1998). "Kleinke's "Bleeding Edge" sees utility role for providers". Health Care Strategy Management. 16: 2–3. PMID 10187608.
  17. ^ Frishauf, Peter (6 March 2002). "Oxymorons: The Myth of the U.S. Health Care System". Physicians for a National Health Program. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  18. ^ Valeri, John (24 May 2011). "'Catching Babies' in New Haven: J.D. Kleinke in conversation (w/ event details)". Examiner.com.
  19. ^ Holt, Matthew (14 March 2011). "Catching Babies? JD Kleinke talks (well, IMs)". The Health Care Blog. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Dot-gov: market failure and the creation of a national health information technology system". scholar.google.com. Google Scholar. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  21. ^ Blumenthal, David (March 2006). "HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: WHAT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ROLE?" (PDF). Commonwealth Fund. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  22. ^ Kleinke, J.D. (29 September 2012). "The Conservative Case for Obamacare". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Primary Care Progress Elects J.D. Kleinke to Board of Directors". PR.com. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  24. ^ Dunham-Taylor, Janne (2005). Health Care Financial Management for Nurse Managers. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 978-0763731496.
  25. ^ Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. National Academies Press. 2001.
  26. ^ a b Reece, Richard L. (1 May 1999). "Equity, equity, that's our cry: an interview with J.D. Kleinke". Physician Executive. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  27. ^ "Health Grades, Inc. Announces Resignation of J.D. Kleinke from Board of Directors". Business Wire. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  28. ^ "BEST OF: JD Kleinke talks about PHRs, Omnimedix and the Dossia controversy". The Health Care Blog. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  29. ^ "J.D. Klenke" (PDF). www.aei.org. American Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  30. ^ "The Shir Tikvah Archive". www.shirtikvahpdx.org/. Shir Tikvah Congregation. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  31. ^ "November 1991 (Issue No. 9)". www.acousticguitar.com. Acoustic Guitar. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  32. ^ "January 1990 through December 1990". www.banjonews.com. Banjo Newsletter. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  33. ^ "Old-Time Herald Index - Part 1". www.oldtimeherald.org. Old Time Herald. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  34. ^ Leuty, Ron (29 May 2015). "California biotech group's boss wants to push for policies that foster innovation". San Francisco Biz Journals. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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