Leavitt Announces Charter Commissioners of AHIC

Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt on Tuesday announced the charter membership of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a public-private body established in June to develop standards and strategies for the interoperability of electronic health information.

As promised, the 17-member panel has eight representatives from the private sector and nine from government, including Leavitt, who will chair AHIC. (See http://www.bio-itworld.com/hitw/enews/new/06-09-2005_604.html/view.) Private-sector commissioners are from a mix of major corporations and not-for-profit industry associations, while all but one of the government representatives are high-ranking federal officials.

In addition to Leavitt, the new AHIC commissioners are: Scott Serota, president and chief executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; Douglas Henley, M.D., executive vice president, American Academy of Family Physicians; Lillee Smith Gelinas, chief nursing officer, VHA; Charles Kahn III, president, Federation of American Hospitals; Nancy Davenport-Ennis, CEO, National Patient Advocate FoundationSteven Reinemund, CEO and chairman, PepsiCo; Kevin Hutchinson, CEO, SureScripts; Craig Barrett, chairman, Intel; E. Mitchell Roob, secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration; Mark McClellan, M.D., administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Julie Gerberding, M.D., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jonathan Perlin, M.D., under secretary for health, Department of Veterans Affairs; William Winkenwerder Jr., M.D., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, Department of Defense; Mark Warshawsky, assistant secretary for economic policy, Department of TreasuryLinda Springer, director, Office of Personnel Management;
Michelle O'Neill, acting under secretary for technology,
Department of Commerce

The charter commissioners will serve two-year terms. They will hold their first meeting Oct. 7 in Washington, HHS says.

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