Karen Bell, M.D., who will begin her tenure on April 26 as chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, cannot represent the organization before federal officials until November 2010 because of her past experience in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Bell previously served as director of the office of health information technology adoption and as acting deputy in ONC, and left in November 2008 to take a position with Masspro, the quality improvement organization of Massachusetts. She entered a two-year "cooling period" upon leaving ONC, which restricts her contacts with federal officials.

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