The six new work groups and leaders are: HIT Strategy and Innovation, chaired by David Lansky, president and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health, San Francisco, with a co-chair to be named later; Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use, chaired by Dr. Paul Tang, chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto (Calif.) Medical Foundation, with co-chair Dr. Joe Kimura, medical director of analytics and reporting systems at Atrius Health, Boston; HIT Implementation, Usability and Safety, chaired by Dr. David Bates, medical director of clinical and quality analysis, information systems at Partners HealthCare System, Boston, with co-chair Larry Wolf, health information technology strategist with Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.; Interoperability and Health Information Exchange, chaired by Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Waltham, Mass., with co-chair Dr. Chris Lehmann, professor of pediatrics and biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville; Consumer Perspective and Engagement, chaired by Christine Bechtel, president of the Bechtel Health Advisory Group, Washington, D.C., with a co-chair to be named later; and Privacy and Security, chaired by Deven McGraw, a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Washington, D.C. with a co-chair to be named later.
Tang also has been reappointed to serve as co-chair of the HITPC, headed by DeSalvo.
The ONC is still recruiting and selecting work group members, with an eye toward geographical and experiential diversity and balance, according to DeSalvo.
One other recently formed HITPC task force, organized to study the implications of an April report on health IT and interoperability by a group of scientists known as the JASON, will remain to do “a deeper dive” into that report, looking at governance, business models and sustainability, DeSalvo said.
None of the announcements came as a surprise. DeSalvo telegraphed major ONC revamping in late May, stating she was aiming for a flatter structure as many of the programs launched and funded under the ARRA wind down, and announced a reorganization of the work group structure at the policy committee meeting in April (PDF).
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