Health IT standards-setting commission members named
Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has named the 16 members of the public-private organization that will set standards for exchanging health care data.
Leavitt selected 16 members from federal and state government and from industry, including health care providers, insurers and IT vendors, to form the American Health Information Community.
The commission, which will be chartered for two years, "will provide input and recommendations to HHS on how to make health records digital and interoperable, and assure that the privacy and security of those records are protected, in a smooth, market-led way," HHS said in a statement.
Leavitt will chair the AHIC. The other 16 members are: Scott Serota, president and chief executive officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield AssociationDouglas Henley, M.D., executive vice president, American Academy of Family PhysiciansLillee Smith Gelinas, R.N., chief nursing officer, industry group VHA Inc. Charles Kahn III, president, Federation of American HospitalsNancy Davenport-Ennis, CEO, National Patient Advocate FoundationSteven Reinemund, CEO and chairman, PepsiCoKevin Hutchinson, CEO, SureScripts Inc. Craig Barrett, chairman, Intel Corp. E. Mitchell Roob, secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services AdministrationMark McClellan, M.D., administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesJulie Louise Gerberding, M.D., director, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionJonathan Perlin, M.D., under secretary for Health, Veterans Affairs DepartmentWilliam Winkenwerder Jr., M.D., assistant secretary of defense, Defense DepartmentMark Warshawsky, assistant secretary for Economic Policy, Treasury DepartmentLinda Springer, director, Office of Personnel ManagementMichelle O'Neill, acting under secretary for Technology, Commerce Department.
AHIC also will choose the use cases for which standards will be implemented. Leavitt suggested electronic prescribing and bio-surveillance as early use cases. The devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina has heightened the need for bio- and pandemic surveillance and interoperability standards to allow sharing of data, for example, from emergency rooms, Leavitt said at the Second Health IT Summit held in conjunction with the 11th National HIPAA Summit in Washington this month.
Interoperability will jump-start a market and spur adoption of such health IT systems as electronic health records, he said.
Katrina destroyed the paper medical records of thousands of New Orleans evacuees, many of whom are ill and no longer have medications. "With most medical records gone, if there ever was a case for electronic health records, this is it," Leavitt said.
The first meeting of the Community will be in Washington Oct. 7.Mary Mosquera is a staff writer for
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