HIT Panel Formed, First Meetings Held

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  • May 14, 2009
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David Blumenthal, MD, Health and Human Services (HHS) national coordinator for health information technology (HIT), announced, May 8, the membership of the HIT Policy Committee established under the stimulus bill. The committee held its first meeting May 11 to begin planning a national HIT strategy.
The HIT Policy Committee will make recommendations to Blumenthal on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide interoperable health information infrastructure, including standards for the secure and private exchange of patient medical information.
Blumenthal said in a conference call that the committee is “totally focused” on President Obama’s initiative to establish HIT, but emphasized the goal is to improve patient care, not to advance HIT.

“The Policy and Standards Committees bring together a wide diversity of key stakeholders to help guide the advancement of health IT as an integral part of health reform,” stated Blumenthal, chairman of the Policy Committee. “It is an honor to lead one of these committees, and I am confident that these committees will provide valuable insight to help develop important health IT policy in the next few years.”

Members appointed by HHS to the Policy Committee are:
David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, Chair
HHS, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Christine Bechtel
National Partnership for Women & Families
Neil Calman
The Institute for Family Health
Richard Chapman
Kindred Healthcare
Adam Clark
Lance Armstrong Foundation
Arthur Davidson
Denver Public Health Department
Connie White Delaney
University of Minnesota/School of Nursing
Paul Egerman
Judith Faulkner
Epic Systems Corp.
Gale Harrel
Former Florida State Legislator
Charles Kennedy
WellPoint, Inc.
Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH
Dean, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
David Lansky
Pacific Business Group on Health
Deven McGraw
Center for Democracy & Technology
Frank Nemec
Gastroenterology Associates, Inc.
Marc Probst
Intermountain Healthcare
Latanya Sweeney
Carnegie Mellon University
Paul Tang
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Scott White
1199 SEIU Training and Employment Fund
Appointments were also made to the HIT Standards Committee, a federal advisory body, which is charged with making recommendations to the national coordinator on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information. The first meeting of this committee was held May 15.
Members appointed by HHS are:
Jonathan Perlin, MD, Chair
Healthcare Corporation of America
John Halamka, MD, Vice Chair
Harvard Medical School
Dixie Baker, PhD
Science Applications International Corporation
Anne Castro
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Christopher Chute, MD
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Janet Corrigan, PhD
National Quality Forum
John Derr, R.Ph.
Golden Living, LLC
Linda Dillman
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
James Ferguson
Kaiser Permanente
Steven Findlay, MPH
Consumers Union
Douglas Fridsma, MD, PhD
Arizona Sate University
C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Stanley M. Huff, MD
Intermountain Healthcare
Kevin Hutchinson
Prematics, Inc.
Elizabeth O. Johnson, RN
Tenet Healthcare Corp.
John Klimek, R.Ph.
National Council for Prescription Drug Programs
David McCallie, Jr., MD
Cerner Corporation
Judy Murphy, RN
Aurora Health Care
J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD
Regenstrief Institute
Gina Perez, MPA
Delaware Health Information Network
Wes Rishel
Gartner, Inc.
Sharon Terry, MA
Genetic Alliance
James Walker, MD
Geisinger Health System
Representatives from relevant federal agencies will be named separately. More information about these committees, meeting dates and preliminary agendas can be found on the Health IT Web site.

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