Informed Patient Choice

Matthew R. Handley, MD

Associate Medical Director, Group Health, Quality and Informatics

Matt Handley, MD is medical director for Quality for Group Health Cooperative, one of the nation’s largest consumer-governed health care systems. Dr. Handley is responsible for quality improvement and technology, working to create an infrastructure that supports the highest levels of organizational performance.  He has been a physician with Group Health since 1984, and maintains a primary care practice at the Family Health Medical Center at the Capitol Hill Campus in Seattle.

In his previous position as medical director of Health Informatics at Group Health, Dr Handley led the implementation of Epic and MyGroupHealth for both patients and clinicians at Group Health.  The electronic medical record is shared online with patients, with over 275,000 patients participating online with their clinical teams.

Dr. Handley has been involved with multidisciplinary teams at Group Health and at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute in the development and implementation of over 20 clinical practice guidelines. He has been the clinical leader in Group Health’s guideline efforts for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Handley has worked with groups around the country to develop clinical guideline programs and lectured extensively on topics including evidence-based medicine, implementation of clinical guidelines, cardiovascular disease prevention and prostate cancer screening, shared decision making. Dr. Handley fulfilled a six-month appointment with the Ministry of Health in New Zealand, helping establish programs in evidence based medicine and clinical guidelines.

Dr. Handley attended Northwestern University where he studied biomedical engineering and applied mathematics. He received his Doctor of Medicine at the University of California at Davis and completed residency training in family practice at Group Health.