Laura Adams, 53, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, has been elected to chair the National eHealth Collaborative's board of directors.
In other election results, Simon Cohn, 60, associate executive director for health information policy at Kaiser Permanente, will serve as the collaborative's vice chairman, whereas Thomas Fritz, 58, CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, has been elected to a second term as treasurer.
The new officers will help to advance the organization's vision “of providing leadership and engaging individuals, providers, institutions and other stakeholders to foster the effective use of interoperable health information to significantly improve the health and well being of all, while protecting privacy and security,” the collaborative said in a written statement.
Adams in a written statement outlined the collaborative's goals for 2010, such as driving broader efforts to educate and encourage collaboration and consensus among all health information technology stakeholders, in addition to working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to support the growth of the national health information network. The NHIN is a collection of standards, legal agreements and other services that enables the secure Internet exchange of health information.
“I look forward to the challenge of building on our vision and helping to stimulate unified stakeholder action in support of our shared goal of a secure, interoperable, nationwide health information system,” Adams said.
Adams will be succeeding John Tooker, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Physicians.
The executives ages were unavailable at deadline.