NAHIT launches new strategy, names new leadership

The National Alliance for Health Information Technology has announced new leadership and a new strategic and operating framework.

The changes support a sharpened focus by the organization on the intersection of healthcare IT and healthcare delivery, NAHIT executives told the audience at its membership meeting Thursday.

The board named George Lynn and John Glaser as co-chairmen, and it named Jane Horowitz as chief operating officer.

Lynn is former chief executive and president of AtlantiCare and past chairman of the American Hospital Association. Glaser is vice president and chief information officer of Partners HealthCare System in Boston and a CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) fellow. Horowitz served NAHIT as vice president and chief marketing officer,

The announcement comes two months after NAHIT President and CEO Scott Wallace stepped down. He had led the organization since 2003. NAHIT executives said then they would be exploring new directions.

"With George, John and Jane, we have put in place the right leadership to take NAHIT forward," Curt Selquist said. “Having launched and led many of NAHIT's major initiatives, Jane is a critical link to our organization's accomplishments and its uniquely successful approach to consensus-building among all healthcare sectors."  

Selquist is stepping down as interim chief executive and board chairman but will continue to serve as a board member.

To strengthen its efforts in addressing healthcare IT as a strategic, rather than a purely technology issue for senior executives, Selquist said, NAHIT has established formal alliances with the AHA and CHIME, both founding members of NAHIT in 2002.

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