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Dr. James Peake

Former VA leader to chair EHR board

By Joseph Conn
Posted: March 6, 2012 - 2:00 pm ET

Dr. James Peake, former U.S. Veterans Affairs secretary, has been named chairman of the board of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent, the not-for-profit organization created last year at the behest of the Veterans Affairs Department to serve as the custodial agent of an open-source development project to upgrade the VA's public-domain VistA electronic health-record system.

In addition to Peake, Dr. John Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; and Michael O'Neill, senior adviser to the director of the VA's Innovation Initiative, also were named board directors, while Lt. Gen. Dr. Charles Green, surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force, was named as the Defense Department's liaison to the project, OSEHRA announced (PDF).

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Peake served as VA secretary from December 2007 through January 2009 and is now a senior vice president for the healthcare industry at CGI, a Fairfax, Va.-based global information technology and business process services firm. In 2008, he was No. 95 on Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

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