J.D. Kleinke

J.D. Kleinke is a medical economist, author, and entrepreneur. He has been instrumental in the creation of four health care information organizations, served on the Boards of several health care companies, and advised both sides of the political aisle on pragmatic approaches to health policy and legislation.

J.D. is the author of three books on the US health care system, and has written extensively about the potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act on health care market dynamics, health venture formation, and medical innovation. He has served as a Resident Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute; member of the Editorial Board of Health Affairs; and frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

J.D. helped establish Health Grades Inc., which he served as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board. In the 1990s, he was a principal architect in the creation and rapid growth of HCIA/Solucient from a niche health care data analysis firm to a publicly traded provider of information products to health care systems, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical companies across the U.S. and Europe. Before joining HCIA, he was Director of Corporate Programs at Sheppard Pratt Health System, the largest private psychiatric hospital in the U.S..

While at Sheppard Pratt, Kleinke developed and managed — at the age of 28 — the nation’s first provider-based, managed mental health care system.

J.D.’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Health Affairs, JAMA, the British Medical Journal, Modern Healthcare, Managed Healthcare and Forbes. He has long been known an outspoken, non-partisan advocate for a more economically rational, data-driven, computerized, patient-centric health care system.