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First Wave of Original HIT Policy Committee Members Rotate Off; Lead Member Reappointed

In accordance with the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) new policy to limit HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) members’ service to six years, three members of the original 2009 roster rotated off after yesterday’s monthly meeting. Leaving are Dr. Arthur Davidson (Denver Public Health Department), representing advocates for patients or consumers; Dr. Neil Calman (The Institute for Family Health), representing expertise in improving the health of vulnerable populations; and Judith Faulkner (Epic Systems Corporation), representing IT vendors. Replacing them are Kim J. Schofield (Lupus Foundation), Dr. Christoph Lehmann (American Academy of Pediatrics), and Neal Patterson (Cerner Corporation), respectively. Individual HITPC members have left in the past due to career changes or other voluntary reasons.

Interestingly, Dr. Paul Tang was reappointed without an opportunity for public nominations for a third consecutive term as the physician representative and vice chair of the HITPC. Dr. Tang is the leading non-staff member of the HITPC and chair of the Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup. Arguably, no other private sector individual has played a bigger role in helping shape CMS and ONC’s regulatory implementation of the EHR Incentive Program. It appears Dr. Tang will continue to lead the HITPC until his latest three-year term expires in 2017—eight years after the committee’s establishment, and two years beyond the service limit imposed on the other members.

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