The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has announced the appointment of three members to its board of trustees for three-year terms and five new commissioners, all of whom will begin their terms Jan. 1, 2010.
CCHIT also announced a Dec. 14 opening of the public comment period for testing criteria for EHRs for use in long-term and post-acute-care settings. The comment period is to run through Jan. 12. Initial certification programs based on these new criteria are expected to begin in July, according to the CCHIT announcement.
The new trustees are: Lori Evans, CEO, ActiveHealth Provider, New York, a data-mining and care-management unit of health insurer Aetna; William Jessee, the physician president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colo.; and Stephen Klasko, the physician CEO of University of South Florida Health, Tampa, and dean of the USF College of Medicine. The trustees have fiduciary responsibility for the not-for-profit organization.
New commissioners appointed to two-year terms are: Patricia Becker, vice president and chief information officer of University HealthSystem Consortium, Oak Brook, Ill., an alliance of more than 100 not-for-profit academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals; Barbara Byrne, a physician and vice president, information systems, Edward Hospital & Health Services, Naperville, Ill.; Timothy Elwell, vice president, Misys Open Source Solutions-Healthcare, a division of London-based Misys Plc; Jay Srini, chief innovation officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and Grace Terrell, a physician and president and CEO, Cornerstone Health Care, a multispecialty group practice based in High Point, N.C.
In addition, three commissioners were reappointed to two-year terms. They are: Linda Hogan, assistant dean and professor of the College of Medicine and the director of the medical informatics department at the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa.; Rick Ratliff, president, Virginia division, of SureScripts, Alexandria, Va.; and David Ross, executive director of the not-for-profit Public Health Informatics Institute, Decatur, Ga. CCHIT commissioners guide and approve the work of staff and volunteers who develop the organization's certification criteria and testing programs.