Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday announced eight new members of the federal Health IT Standards Committee and one new member to the HIT Policy Committee.

The eight new HITSC members include:

  • Ancillary healthcare worker representative Rajesh Dash, MD, professor of pathology at Duke University School of Medicine, who replaces Liz Johnson.
  • Purchaser/employer representative Kay Eron, general manager of Heath IT and Medical Devices at Intel, who replaces Keith Figlioli.
  • Technical expertise representative Peter Johnson, retired chief information officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock healthcare system, who replaces Cris Ross.
  • Technical expertise/HIT representative Kyle Meadors, president of Drummond Group, who replaces Wes Rishel.
  • Technical expertise/long-term care representative Terrence O’Malley, MD, geriatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, who replaces John Derr.
  • Technical expertise/small innovative provider representative Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, chief executive officer/co-founder of Care at Hand, who replaces Jeremy Delinsky.
  • Technical expertise/HIT representative Wanmei Ou, director of product strategy in precision medicine at Oracle, who replaces Ann Castro (changed from health plan to HIT Representative – was not required by statute).
  • Technical expertise representative Larry Wolf, principal at Strategic Health Network, who replaces John Halamka.

The only addition to the HITPC is privacy and security representative Aaron Miri, chief information officer and vice president of government relations for Imprivata, who replaces Deven McGraw.

Members of the HITSC are appointed by the HHS Secretary, with input from the National Coordinator for Health IT. Three members of the HITPC are appointed by the HHS Secretary; four members are appointed by Congress; 13 members are appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States; and other federal members are appointed by the President.

The standards committee recommends standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information, while the policy committee recommends policies for the development and adoption of a nationwide health IT infrastructure, including standards for the exchange and use of health information.

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