Google's plans for health information technology are still unclear, but the roster of heavy hitters on the new Google Health Advisory Council indicates that those plans are ambitious.
"The mission of the Google Health Advisory Council is broadly to help us better understand the problems consumers and providers face every day and offer feedback on product ideas and development," according to an announcement posted on the official Google Blog by Missy Krasner, former Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology senior advisor, who is now identified as a "product marketing manager."
In an article posted on the American Academy of Family Physicians' Web site, Google Vice President Adam Bosworth said that the panel was formed "because Google does not want to play doctor."
The panel will be chaired by Dean Ornish, the founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.
Other members of the panel are:
Health Technology Center CEO Molly Coye;
Former Congressional Budget Office Director Dan Crippen; Wal-Mart Executive Vice President of Risk Management, Benefits and Sustainability Linda Dillman; CareGroup Health System and Harvard Medical School Chief Information Officer and Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Chairman John Halamka; U.S. News & World Report Health Editor and Columnist and a former head of the National Institutes of Health Bernadine Healy; American Medical Association Chief Operating Officer Bernie Hengesbaugh; AAFP Executive Vice President Douglas Henley;
University of California at San Francisco Vice Chancellor of Medical Affairs and School of Medicine Dean and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler;
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Vice President and Director of Health Care Group John Lumpkin; AARP Group Executive Officer of Policy and Strategy John Rother; Kaiser Permanente Vice President of Online Services Anna-Lisa Silvestre; FasterCures President Greg Simon; California HealthCare Foundation President and CEO Mark Smith; Palo Alto Medical Foundation Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer and American Medical Informatics Association Board of Directors Chairman Paul Tang; Genetic Alliance President and CEO Sharon Terry;
American College of Physicians Executive Vice President and CEO John Tooker;
Lance Armstrong Foundation President Doug Ulman;
UCSF Department of Medicine Associate Chairman and UCSF Medical Center Chief of Medical Service Robert Wachter; and I'm Too Young for This! Cancer Foundation for Young Adults Founder and Executive Director Matthew Zachary.
Council members will be compensated for their service.
"All advisory council members are offered a $1,500 honorarium per quarterly meeting of the health council," said Google spokesman Steve Langdon in an e-mail. "They may take this honorarium, waive it or donate it to a charity of their choice. The chairman is paid a larger stipend for his work and some of the advisory council members will do work for Google and be paid as consultants beyond the work of the council." -- by Andis Robeznieks / HITS staff writer
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