GAO names health IT policy committee members, fulfills stimulus mandate

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has named 13 members to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, an advisory group established by the economic stimulus law that will make policy recommendations for the development and adoption of a nationwide health IT infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient data.

The GAO appointed individuals to represent the categories of consumers, healthcare providers, labor organizations, health information privacy and security experts, population health, the research community, health plans, IT vendors, employers and healthcare quality experts.

The newly appointed panel members are:

  • Christine Bechtel, vice president, National Partnership for Woman and Families;
  • Arthur Davidson, director, Public Health Informatics, Denver Public Health Department; director, Denver Center for Public Health Preparedness; medical epidemiologist; director, HIV/AIDS Surveillance, City and County of Denver;
  • Adam Clark, research and policy director, Lance Armstrong Foundation;
  • Marc Probst, chief information officer, Intermountain Healthcare;
  • Paul Tang, vice president and chief medical information officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation;
  • Scott White, assistant director, technology project director, 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Fund;
  • LaTanya Sweeney, director, Data Privacy Lab, Carnegie Mellon University;
  • Neil Calman, president and chief executive officer, Institute for Family Health;
  • Connie Delaney, dean, University of Minnesota School of Nursing;
  • Charles Kennedy, vice president, Health Information Technology, Wellpoint;
  • Judith Faulkner, founder, CEO, president and chairman of board, Epic Systems;
  • David Lansky, president and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health; and
  • David Bates, medical director for clinical and quality analysis, Partners HealthCare/Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The stimulus law directed the GAO to appoint 13 members to the committee for three year terms, although the members first appointed have staggered terms of service. An additional seven members will be appointed by the Health and Human Services secretary, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and the speaker and minority leader of the House, according to Gene Dodaro, interim comptroller general and chief of the GAO.