David Brailer, HHS' national coordinator for health information technology, announced on Tuesday the appointment of four permanent directors. Karen Bell, an internist who previously worked for Boston's Partners HealthCare, was named director of the Office of Health IT Adoption. Kelly Cronin, a senior adviser to CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, was named director of the Office of Programs and Coordination and previously directed patient-safety initiatives at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Attorney Jodi Daniel is the new director of the Office of Policy and Research. She worked in the development of e-prescribing standards for the CMS and was senior counsel for health information technology for the HHS' general counsel. Physician John Loonsk, the new director of the Office of Interoperability and Standards, was director of informatics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Physician Robert Wah continues to serve as deputy national coordinator for health information technology, and Dana Hoza is acting executive director of the American Health Information Community. Brailer made the announcements at Tuesday's meeting of the American Health Information Community.