U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has appointed New York eHealth Collaborative Executive Director Valerie Grey to serve on the federal Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.
Various fellow healthcare leaders from across the state recommended Grey, citing her longstanding commitment to improving healthcare. They also highlighted her expertise in healthcare policy and insight into the complexities facing all stakeholders involved in health information exchange and its critical role in improving patient care and outcomes.
“I look forward to working to move our healthcare system forward through innovations and technologies that advance electronic access, exchange and use of health information, resulting in healthier patients and communities,” Grey said.
“From reducing medical errors, to the better management of chronic disease and supporting public health and protecting vulnerable populations, HIT will continue to grow in importance and influence in the healthcare environment,” she added. “The advisory committee will help shape the next phase of health information exchange in our country while ensuring the interests of patients and the public remain at the center.”
The HIT Advisory Committee was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to provide recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on the implementation of healthcare infrastructure, with the goals of improving interoperability, assuring the best use of technology and data, and easing the adoption of and use by patient, providers, payers and healthcare professionals. Committee members advise on a variety of policies, including patient care coordination, population health initiatives, telemedicine, data reporting and security provisions.
“Valerie will bring her wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors, and extensive expertise in healthcare policy and health information,” said David Klein, special advisor to the medical center CEO at the University of Rochester, and board chair of the New York eHealth Collaborative. “Her dedication to improving healthcare will greatly benefit the committee, Congress, and, ultimately, all of us.”
Before joining the New York eHealth Collaborative, Grey held executive leadership positions in the New York State governor’s office, an industry association representing health systems across the state, a large health plan, and various state agencies.