CCHIT forms PHR task force to develop certification process

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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has appointed a 17-member advisory task force to provide broader consumer and industry strategic guidance for its new personal health record (PHR) certification development.

The volunteer task force, composed of advocacy organizations, healthcare providers and businesses with consumer healthcare and PHR experience, will assist CCHIT in assessing the current landscape and advising on the appropriate direction for the PHR Work Group.

Mark Leavitt, MD, chair of CCHIT; and Paul Tang, MD, vice president and CIO, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, are co-chairs of the task force.
Other members include:

  • Abha Agrawal, MD, FACP, director, medical informatics, associate medical director Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.;
  • Richard D. Benoit, Dossia Ecosystem Development, director; senior program manager, Intel Digital Health Group;
  • Lorraine Tunis Doo, MPH, LEED AP, senior policy advisor, Office of e-Health Standards and Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services;
  • Steve Findlay, MPH, healthcare analyst, Consumers Union;
  • Meighan Girgus, executive vice president, healthcare markets, American Heart Association;
  • Theresa Hancock, PAHM, acting director, Office of Information, Veterans and Consumers Health Informatics Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • Leslie Harris, president, CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology;
  • Missy Krasner, product marketing manager, Google Health;
  • Steve Lampkin, FACHE, vice president, Benefits Services & Strategic Initiatives Wal-Mart Stores;
  • Holly Miller, MD, MBA, vice president, chief medical information officer University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Donald Mon, PhD, vice president, Practice Leadership, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA);
  • Anna Lisa Silvestre, vice president, Online Services; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan;
  • Michael Stokes, principal program manager, Microsoft Corporation; and
  • Michael Ubl, director, eHealth and IT Strategy director, IT Strategy and eHealth Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.

A patient representative also is being sought to serve on the PHR task force. More information is available at