As first reported by Modern Healthcares Health IT Strategist, Scott Wallace has resigned after nearly five years as the head of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, a Chicago-based not-for-profit IT booster organization. Wallace had been chief executive officer of NAHIT since April 2003. The organization was founded in 2002 by the American Hospital Association and a number of healthcare systems, medical groups and associations, technology companies, standards development organizations and payers.
Both Wallace and NAHIT board Chairman Curt Selquist, the retired chairman of Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, were unavailable for comment at deadline. In a news release, Selquist, who is now NAHIT interim CEO, said the alliance led by Scott Wallace has accomplished much in a short amount of time. Board member Neil Jesuele, executive vice president of leadership and business development for the AHA, will head up a team working on a restructuring plan with recommendations expected to come back to the board by May, according to the release.
President Bush appointed Wallace in October 2004 to serve as chairman of the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, a congressionally mandated IT advisory panel that is now defunct.