Sixteen people were named to the American Health Information Community, a federally chartered commission created in June and charged with advising HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on how to make electronic health records digital and interoperable between providers, payers, vendors and patients.
The commissioners, who will serve two-year terms, include five physicians: American Academy of Family Physicians Executive Vice President Douglas Henley, M.D.; CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, M.D.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Julie Gerberding, M.D.; Veterans Affairs Department Undersecretary for Health Jonathan Perlin, M.D.; and Defense Department Assistant Secretary William Winkenwerder Jr., M.D.
"I have selected commissioners who represent key interests and have the broad support of their peers," said Leavitt, the commission's chairman, in a news release. "The Community will adhere to an aggressive timetable that focuses on the areas of critical need -- such as adverse drug event reporting and biosurveillance -- as we get about the work of developing, setting and certifying standards."
The commission's first meeting is set for Oct. 7 in Washington. The meeting will be open to the public.