The California Regional Health Information Organization, or CalRHIO, a statewide initiative formed in early 2005 to support the development of health information data-exchange systems and promote the adoption of information technology, elected its first board of directors. The board, which comprises 19 regular members and three ex-officio members from state and federal agencies, will be chaired by Jo Ellen Hylind Ross, president and CEO of Lumetra, a not-for-profit organization focused on improving healthcare quality and safety. Some of the other board members include Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Association; Jack Lewin, CEO of the California Medical Association, John Hummel, chief information officer of 27-hospital Sutter Health; Eric Book, chief medical officer of Blue Shield of California; Peter Lee, president and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health; and Cindy Ehnes, director of the California Department of Managed Health Care. CalRHIO has been operating under the auspices of the Health Technology Center, San Francisco, but plans to become an independent, not-for-profit organization in early 2006. Federal and state applications for tax-exempt status have been filed, according to CalRHIO's interim CEO, Lori Hack, who was also named a board member.
CalRHIO group names high-caliber healthcare execs to new board
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