Karen Bell is chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). She assumed her role in April of 2010 and brought expertise within HIT as well as quality insurance and clinical practice in both the private and public sectors. Prior to assuming this role, Bell served as senior vice president, HIT services, at Masspro, the federally contracted quality improvement organization in Massachusetts. Bell oversaw the development, implementation and distribution of products and services to support adoption of EHRs within the industry.
From 2005 to 2008, Bell was director of the Office of Health Information Technology Adoption in the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in the Department of Health and Human Services, and in 2006, she served as acting deputy of ONC. She was ONC’s representative on CCHIT’s Board of Commissioners from 2006 to 2008.