WASHINGTON – The U.S. Government Accountability Office has appointed 15 members to the new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. “It is extremely valuable to have a range of perspectives and expertise in helping the government address challenges related to health information technology,” said Gene Dodaro, comptroller of the GAO, in a statement. Newly appointed members will serve for one-, two-, or three-year terms, and all members may be reappointed for subsequent three-year terms. New members are: Michael Adcock, executive director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Terrence O’Malley of Massachusetts General Hospital; Carolyn Petersen, senior editor of Mayo Clinic’s health information website; Sasha TerMaat, director at health care software company Epic; Andrew Truscott, managing director for health and public service at Accenture; John Kansky, president and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange; Denni McColm, chief information officer at Citizens Memorial Healthcare; Brett Oliver, chief medical information officer for Baptist Health; Raj Ratwani, scientific director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare within MedStar Health; Denise Webb, chief information officer of Marshfield Clinic Health System; Christina Caraballo, director of healthcare transformation at Get Real Health; Tina Esposito, vice president of information and technology innovation at Advocate Health Care; Brad Gescheider, senior director of provider and payer solutions at PatientsLikeMe; Kensaku Kawamoto, associate chief medical information officer, University of Utah Health; and Sheryl Turney, senior director of all-payer claims database analytics and data policy and administration at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. The committee, established through the 21st Century Cures Act, will provide recommendations to the national coordinator for health information technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure that advances the electronic access, exchange and use of health information.
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