Friday, March 13, 2009

Nominees for HITECH HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee

The Thursday, March 13 Federal Register (74 Fed Reg 10743) contained a notice for submitting nominees to the new committees created under ARRA-HITECH (stimulus bill) for developing health information technology standards and policy. The two commitees will be called the HIT Standards Commitee and HIT Policy Commitee. Details on these committees and the type of stakeholder representation on the commiteeis outlined in the notice listed below.

After seeing the notice I pushed it out to a variety of health colleagues via Twitter asking the question, "Who would you nominate?" The viral social networking nomination process was off and running and a Health Twitterstorm was started with many responses and recommended nominees. To view the process check out the tag #NominateHIT.

Jen McCabe Gorman (@jenmccabegorman) started to aggregate potential nominees to be submitted by the deadline of March 16. She has generously offered to coordinate the response and submit them to the ONC.

So far the results of potential nominees:
UPDATE: Jen McCabe Gorman aggregated all the nominees in one post. If you are interested in having your name submitted as a nominee - please follow the instructions by Jen listed in her post. Deadline for submission is today.

A number of people asked about my nominees so I thought I would add them here. Here goes in no particular order (if you find your name below and want to be considered please forward your information to Jen McCabe Gorman here):

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist, Health Populi

Christopher Parks, CEO of change:healthcare

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, CIO CareGroup Health System, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School

Scott Shreeve, CEO ofCrossover Healthcare

Josh Lemieux, Markle Foundation

Jay Parkinson, MD, Hello Health

Jen McCabe Gorman, Health Management RX

Matthew Holt, Health Care Strategist and Co-Founder, Health 2.0

Jonathan Bush, CEO of Athena Health

Peter Neupert, VP Health Solutions Group, Microsoft

Roni Zeiger, MD, Product Manager, Google Health

Enoch Choi, MD, Partner, Palo Alto Medical Foundation,

Marty Tenenbaum, Health 2.0 Accelerator Visionary

David Kibbe, Senior Advisor American Academy of Family Physicians

Amy Tenderich, Writer, Blogger, Consultant, Patient Advocate

Adam Bosworth, CEO of Keas

Sarah Chouinard, MD, Community Health Network of WV

John Wiesendanger, CEO of West Virginia Medical Institute, Inc.

Change Doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.
President Obama

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; HIT Standards Committee and HIT Policy Committee Nomination Letters

ACTION: Notice on letters of nomination.

SUMMARY: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Act), Public Law 111–5 amends the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to add new sections 3002 and 3003. The new section 3003 of the PHSA establishes the HIT Standards Committee to make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information for purposes of health information technology adoption. The HIT Standards Committee members are to be appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with the National Coordinator taking a leading role. Membership of the HIT Standards Committee should at least reflect the following categories of stakeholders and will include other individuals: providers, ancillary healthcare workers, consumers, purchasers, health plans, technology vendors, researchers, relevant Federal agencies, and individuals with technical expertise on health care quality, privacy
and security, and on the electronic exchange and use of health information.

In addition, we also seek nominations to the HIT Policy Committee (established by the new section 3002 of
the PHSA), which makes recommendations to the National Coordinator on the implementation of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure. The HIT Policy Committee will consist of at least 20 members. Three of these members will be appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Of the three members, one must be a representative of the Department of Health and Human Services and one must be a public health official. If, 45 days after the enactment of the Act, an official authorized under the Act to make appointments to the HIT Policy Committee has failed to make anappointment(s), the Act authorizes the Secretary of HHS to make such appointments. The Department of Health and Human Services is consequently accepting nominations for the HIT Policy Committee. New section 3008 of the PHSA allows the Secretary to recognize the NeHC (if modified to be consistent with the requirements of section 3002 and 3003 of the Act and other federal laws) as either the HIT Policy Committee or the HIT Standards Committee. At this time, the Department of Health and Human Services is evaluating options regarding the National eHealth Collaborative and its role in relation to those Committees. For appointments to either the HIT Standards Committee or the HIT Policy Committee, I am announcing the following: Letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted by March 16, 2009 to ensure adequate opportunity for review and consideration of nominees prior to appointment of members.

ADDRESSES: Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Judith Sparrow, Room 729D.

E-mail address:
Please indicate in your letter or e-mail to which Committee your nomination belongs.

ONC/HHS, Judith Sparrow, (202) 205–4528.
Authority: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–5), section 13101.
Dated: March 9, 2009.
Robert M. Kolodner,
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
[FR Doc. E9–5391 Filed 3–9–09; 4:15 pm]


MountainLaurel said...

You really need a technology security expert in the mix. I don't have a suggestion, but I hope that someone else does.

Anonymous said...

MountainLaurel, I 100% agree.

We need people with real world experince on this to create standards and guidlines that are achievable.