President Bush, Frist name health IT group members

A new commission to set a strategy and timeline for implementing health care IT standards is taking shape.

On Friday, President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) named the initial members of the Commission on Systemic Interoperability group. The group, by November of next year, must recommend standards that will serve as the foundation for establishing a system of universal health records.

The commission will ultimately have 11 members.

The White House said President Bush intends to appoint:

* Scott Wallace, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, as chairman

* Dr. C. Martin Harris, CIO of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and chairman of the National Health Information Infrastructure Task Force of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

* Dr. William Stead, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and director of the informatics center at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Frist named:

* Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. of New York

* Vicky Gregg, CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

The Speaker of the House, Senate Minority Leader and House Minority Leader will name the remaining members of the commission.

About the Author

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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