Paul Tang, MD, chief medical information officer of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California, a member of the editorial board of Healthcare IT News, and Marc Probst, CIO of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, are among 13 members recently named to a new federal advisory committee on healthcare information technology.
Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office announced the appointment of the 13 members on April 3.
The members will serve on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, a new advisory body established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The committee will make recommendations on creating a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.
"Electronic sharing of information has the potential to improve the quality of healthcare in the United States," Dodaro said. "Many excellent candidates applied to serve on this committee, and the men and women named today reflect an impressive breadth of professional expertise and experience."
The Act, also known as the stimulus legislation, directed the Comptroller General to appoint 13 members to the committee for terms of three years, although the members first appointed by the Comptroller General have staggered terms.
The secretary of Health and Human Services, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, and the speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives, will appoint an additional seven members. The president can appoint other members as representatives of relevant federal agencies.
The 13 members appointed across 10 different categories are:
Advocates for Patients or Consumers
1. Christine Bechtel, Washington, D.C. (3 year term)
Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families
2. Arthur Davidson, M.D., Denver Colorado (2 year term)
Denver Public Health Department; Director, Public Health Informatics; Director, Denver Center for Public Health Preparedness; Medical epidemiologist; Director, HIV/AIDS Surveillance, City and County of Denver
3. Adam Clark, Ph.D., Austin, Texas (1 year term)
Director of Research and Policy, Lance Armstrong Foundation
Representatives of Health Care Providers, including 1 physician
4. Marc Probst, Salt Lake City, Utah (3 year term)
Chief Information Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
5. Paul Tang, M.D., Mountain View, California (2 year term)
Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Labor Organization Representing Health Care Workers
6. Scott White, New York City, New York (1 year term)
Assistant Director, Technology Project Director, 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Fund
Expert in Health Information Privacy & Security
7. LaTanya Sweeney, Ph.D., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (3 year term)
Director, Data Privacy Lab, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Expert in Improving the Health of Vulnerable Populations
8. Neil Calman, M.D., New York City, New York (2 year term)
President and CEO, The Institute for Family Health, Inc.
9. Connie Delaney, R.N., Ph.D., Minneapolis, Minnesota (1 year term)
Dean, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Representative of Health Plans or Other Third-Party Payers
10. Charles Kennedy, M.D., Camarillo, California (3 year term)
Vice President, Health Information Technology, Wellpoint, Inc.
Representative of Information Technology Vendors
11. Judith Faulkner, Verona, Wisconsin (2 year term)
Founder, CEO, President, Chairman of the Board, Epic Systems Corporation
Representative of Purchasers or Employers
12. David Lansky, Ph.D., San Francisco, California (1 year term)
President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health
Expert in Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting
13. David Bates, M.D., Boston, Massachusetts (3 year term)
Medical Director for Clinical and Quality Analysis, Chief of General Internal Medicine, Partners HealthCare/Brigham & Women's Hospital