New member for HIT Policy Committee
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named Anjum Khurshid, MD, director of health systems at the Louisiana Public Health Institute, to serve on the Health IT Policy Committee. She has also renewed appointments for three members of the Health IT Standards Committee.
Created through the HITECH Act, both committees are charged with recommending policies and technologies toward a nationwide health information technology infrastructure. They offer the opportunity for stakeholders and the public to provide direct input to HHS on matters related to health IT.
Three members of the Policy Committee are appointed by the HHS Secretary; four members are appointed by Congress; 13 members are appointed by the Comptroller General of the U.S., and other federal members are appointed by the President.
At the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Khurshid oversees a range of community health initiatives, such as quality improvement of primary care and behavioral health services within community health clinics and projects related to more effective use of electronic medical records. As part of LPHI, Khurshid worked closely with Karen DeSalvo, MD, when she served as New Orleans Health Commissioner.
He serves as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University, where he focuses on community-based research collaborations.
Before joining LPHI, Khurshid was the director of clinical research and evaluation at the Integrated Care Collaboration, and also served as assistant professor of health management and informatics at University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Members of the Standards Committee are appointed by the HHS Secretary, with input from the National Coordinator for Health IT. Burwell renewed the appointments of the following members:
- Floyd Eisenberg, MD, quality measurement representative; consultant, iParsimony
- Leslie Kelly Hall, consumer/patient representative; senior vice president of policy, Healthwise
- Arien Malec, electronic exchange representative; vice president, data platform and acquisition tools, RelayHealth
At the HIT Policy Committee on Tuesday morning, DeSalvo offered some words of clarification about the future of ONC, emphasizing that its work continues to be critical to both the federal government and American citizens, Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan reports.
Since Burwell asked DeSalvo to join HHS to help manage its response to Ebola, DeSalvo’s role at ONC has been somewhat confusing. At first, neither ONC nor HHS indicated whether she would return to ONC once the Ebola crisis subsides or stay on as assistant secretary.
DeSalvo later clarified that she would continue to chair the HIT Policy Committee, and drive the 10-year interoperability roadmap and the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan – both of which are currently in development.
Despite being "asked to lean in" in the Ebola fight, DeSalvo said during today's HIT Policy Committee meeting that her ONC work is “not lower priority, not stopping," Sullivan reports.