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Health IT Policy Committee Adds 3 Members

October 29, 2013
by David Raths
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The federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee on Nov. 6 will be the first for Jacob Reider, M.D. as interim national coordinator. The meeting will also be the first for three new members who will help craft recommendations for Stage 3 of meaningful use.

Devin Mann, M.D., who will fill the position of a researcher. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine as well as an attending physician at Boston Medical Center. His research has focused on the use of health information technology in improving clinical care, such as developing decision support systems with electronic health records to support advanced medical home care. He serves as the lead physician in ambulatory implementation of an Epic system at Boston Medical Center and co-lead of the Epic optimization project at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. He previously served as the HIT lead on the Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

David Kotz, Ph.D., will fill the position of an expert in privacy and security. He is a professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He is also the Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences and previously served as the Executive Director of the Dartmouth Institute for Security Technology Studies from 2004 to 2007.

Troy Seagondollar, R.N., will fill the position of a member of a labor organization representing health care workers. He is Regional Nursing Technology Liaison for the Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Regional Offices and the United Nurses Association of California. He serves as the liaison between multiple groups in discussing business needs and information technology with regard to the clinical impact on the workplace, and he engages staff in using technology to improve patient care while balancing the impact on workflow and scope of professional practice.

All three were appointed by Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established the HIT Policy Committee and gave the Comptroller General responsibility for appointing 13 of its 20 members.

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