J.D. Kleinke is a medical economist, author of three books on the structure of the US health care system, and a former health care executive. He has been instrumental in the creation of four health care information organizations; has served on the Boards of several health care companies; and spent many years advising both sides of the political aisle on non-partisan, practical approaches to health policy and legislation.
J.D. was one of the pioneers of the health care informatics industry. In the 1990s, he was a principal architect in the creation and rapid growth of HCIA / Solucient – now Truven Health Analytics – from a niche health care data analysis firm, to a leading provider of information products to health care organizations across the U.S. and Europe. He also helped establish HealthGrades, which he served as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board when it was a public company.
J.D. has been a member of the Editorial Board of Health Affairs, a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, and a Resident Scholar in health policy at the American Enterprise Institute. His books include Bleeding Edge: The Business of Health Care in the New Century and Oxymorons: The Myth of a US Health Care System, both of which are used in health care management graduate education; and the critically acclaimed Catching Babies, a novel about the training and culture of OB/GYNs, which is currently in development as a television series by Warners Bros TV and ABC.