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Meeting to Begin Defining Meaningful Use

April 27, 2009
by David Raths
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Here is a notice about a meeting that might be worth attending via webcast or in person if you are in the Washington area. On Tuesday April 28 and Wednesday April 29, the executive subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (an advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) will hold hearings on the definition of "meaningful use".

The meetings, taking place at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C., are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For an agenda, got to To listen to a live webcast, go to Perhaps the webcast will allow people to comment or ask questions. I will try to sit in on parts of the webcast.

Here's a list of the people who sit on the executive subcommittee:

Harry L. Reynolds, Jr.

Vice President

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Justine M. Carr, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Senior VP for Quality, Safety and Medical Affairs

Caritas Christi Healthcare, Boston

Jeffrey S. Blair, M.B.A.

Director of Health Informatics

Lovelace Clinic Foundation

Albuquerque, N.M.

Leslie Pickering Francis, J.D., Ph.D.

Chairman, Department of Philosophy and Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law

University of Utah

John P. Houston, J.D.

Vice President, Privacy and Information Security

Assistant Counsel and Adjunct Assistant Professor

Professor of Biomedical Informatics

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

William J. Scanlon, Ph.D.

Health Policy Research and Development

Washington, DC

Paul C. Tang, M.D.

Vice President

Chief Medical Information Officer

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Judith Warren, Ph.D, RN

Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor

Director of Nursing Informatics

KUMC Center for Healthcare Informatics

University of Kansas School of Nursing

Donald M. Steinwachs, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management

Health Services Research and Development Center

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