President Bush, Senator Frist name health IT group members

President Bush, Senator Frist name health IT group members

A new commission to set a strategy and timeline for implementing health care IT standards is taking shape.

On Friday, President Bush and Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) named the initial members of the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. The group, by November of next year, must recommend standards that will serve as the foundation for establishing a system of universal health records.

The commission will ultimately have 11 members.

The White House said President Bush intends to appoint:

  • Scott Wallace, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, as chairman


  • Dr. C. Martin Harris, CIO of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and chairman of the National Health Information Infrastructure Task Force of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society


  • Dr. William Stead, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and director of the informatics center at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Frist named:

  • Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. of New York


  • Vicky Gregg, CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.


The speaker of the House, Senate minority leader and House minority leader will name the remaining members of the commission.

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