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CCHIT Names New Trustees, Considers Expansion

November 21, 2008
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The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) today announced three appointments to its expanded nine-member board of trustees, which has fiduciary responsibility for the not-for-profit organization.

According to the commission, the new trustees will join with current members to provide leadership in the areas of fiscal oversight and stewardship of assets, organizational strategy, evaluation of senior management, and resolution of any conflicts of interest involving the Commission’s management and its 21-member board of commissioners. In contrast to the board of trustees, the board of commissioners guides and approves the work of the voluntary work groups and staff as they develop certification criteria, inspection processes and policy.

Trustees will serve three-year staggered terms. The new appointees are:

· Meighan Girgus, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Markets, American Heart Association (AHA), Dallas, Texas.

· Wes Rishel, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner healthcare provider research practice, Alameda, Calif.

· Bruce Taffel, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Shared Health, Chattanooga, Tenn.

In December, the Commission will begin taking submissions from the healthcare industry for expanding the scope of its certification programs. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, interested parties can download a form at www.cchit.org/expansion. A Town Call to instruct interested organizations on how to submit these environmental scan forms will be conducted at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 1. To participate, call 1 (866) 612-6319, password code 611877.

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