Col. Bart Harmon, chief medical information officer of the U.S. Military Health System, announced Feb. 22 that he would be the leaving the Electronic Health Records work group of the American Health Information Community HHS advisory panel because of his recently announced plans to retire from the military in September.
Harmon is credited with helping ensure the Defense Departments AHLTA EHR meets the requirements of physicians, and Harmon was previously deployed to Iraq to train combat physicians on using the AHLTA system.
Harmon serves on the board of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel, is co-chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medical Communications and Information Systems Expert Panel, and also leads the Defense Departments participation in the international health standards organization Health Level 7.
In addition to his medical degree from the University of Washington, he has a masters degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a three-year, post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at the Massachusetts General Hospital Laboratory of Computer Science. -- by Andis Robeznieks