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HL7 Names Van Dyke Chair-Elect

March 5, 2015
by David Raths
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Nursing exec replaces Doug Fridsma, M.D., who stepped down as chair-elect when named AMIA's CEO

Nonprofit standards development organization Health Level Seven International (HL7) has appointed Patricia Van Dyke, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., director of electronic data interchange, privacy, information security and standards for Moda Health, as the chair-elect to the HL7 board of directors.

Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and former chief science officer and director at the Office of Science and Technology of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, was originally elected to serve in this position by the HL7 membership in the fall of 2014. But Fridsma resigned from the HL7 board earlier this year due to his new role as the CEO for AMIA. Van Dyke will serve as the chair-elect in 2015, the chair for 2016-2017, and as the vice chair in 2018.

 “Ms. Van Dyke is a recognized leader among the HL7 community as a strong advocate for standards collaboration, development and implementation,” said HL7 Board Chair Stan Huff, M.D., chief medical informatics officer of Intermountain Healthcare, in a prepared statement. “Her work in HL7 as well as her background in management and nursing will bring clinical, strategic and visionary leadership to the position.”

Van Dyke has held several leadership roles in HL7, including as a co-chair for the HL7 Electronic Health Records Work Group since 2008 and as a co-chair for the Structure and Semantic Design Steering Division of the HL7 Technical Steering Committee. She has served on the HL7 Board of Directors since 2013. Ms. Van Dyke is also actively involved in ASCX 12 and served as the X12 management secretary from 2008-2010.

In addition to positions at Delta Dental Plans Association and Moda Health, Van Dyke also works as a registered nurse in emergency services at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore.