A new seven-member board of trustees has been appointed to run the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and provide fiscal oversight and stewardship of assets, while the current 21-member board of commissioners will continue its work of developing CCHIT policy and electronic health-record certification criteria and inspection processes.
The trustees will serve three-year terms and were chosen by an "operating committee" consisting of CCHIT's three founding organizations: the American Health Information Management Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology.
CCHIT spokeswoman Sue Reber said the operating committee consists of the leaders of its three founding Chicago-based organizations: Linda Kloss, chief executive officer of AHIMA; Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of HIMSS; and Scott Wallace, president and CEO of NAHIT.
"Now that a board of trustees has been named, the operating committee will be dissolved," Reber said.
She added that the trustees will serve as CCHIT's governance board and will be responsible for its business operations, but the board of commissioners will continue to run program operations.
In addition to fiduciary matters, the trustees will also handle organizational strategy, evaluation of senior management, and identification of and resolution of any conflicts of interest involving CCHIT commissioners and management. Its first priority will be applying for 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, a news release said.
The other new trustees are: Tom Fritz, CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane, Wash.; John Tooker, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Physicians, Philadelphia; Frank Trembulak, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.; and Glen Tullman, chairman and CEO of Allscripts, Chicago.