Scott Wallace, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, Chicago, has been named chairman of a commission authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act to develop a strategic plan for the nation's healthcare information technology infrastructure. The national Commission on Systemic Interoperability is charged with forwarding a plan to Congress by Oct. 31, 2005, that establishes a timeline and priorities for adopting and implementing technology standards to make healthcare IT systems work together across the country. Also named to the panel were: Gary Mecklenburg, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, Chicago; Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, New York; Thomas Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Don Detmer, president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, Md.; C. Martin Harris, CIO and chairman of the information technology division at the Cleveland Clinic; Vicky Gregg, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Arnold Milstein, medical director of Pacific Business Group on Health, San Francisco; Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, New York; and William Stead, professor of medicine and biomedical informatics, director of the informatics center and associate vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.
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