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Wendy has over eight years of on-the-ground experience and responsibilities in community health care and state health insurance programs. She has worked as a Health Initiatives Project Manager, Program Developer, and Supervisor with expertise in bilingual and bicultural health care delivery. As a member of the Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board (HIIAB) and Chair of the Consumer and Provider Engagement Committee, she has been involved in drafting a final report on vision and next steps for Health IT in Washington State and assists with policy work to implement the HIIAB recommendations.
Juan is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in political science. He served as a medical service officer in the US Army, and held health care program management positions at the state department of health and state Medicaid office. He also has experience in the private sector in health plan administration with EDS. He is currently a Senior Health Policy Analyst with the Washington State Health Care Authority and is the Project Manager for the Health Record Bank project and staffs the Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board (HIIAB) that was mandated by the legislature in 2005 and 2007. With the Board and active involvement of a separate stakeholder advisory committee, a strategy recommendation and roadmap was submitted to the Governor and Legislature in December, 2006. The legislature adopted the board recommendations and extended the work of the HIIAB during the 2007 session. This work is to result in implementation of the first consumer-centric health record banks in Washington State.
Carol Diamond is Senior Advisor at Markle. She joined Markle as a Managing Director in 2000 following a career in health information technology and health systems performance leadership. For more than a decade, Diamond was Chair of Markle Connecting for Health, a public-private collaborative working to realize the full potential of information technology in health and health care in the United States. Markle Connecting for Health engaged more than 100 diverse organizations and institutions in an approach to technology rooted in core values, including achieving medical excellence, fostering patient participation, and protecting personal privacy. The policy and technology recommendations emerging from the Collaborative have been incorporated into the federal HITECH Act of 2009, and gave rise to Blue Button, a consumer health tool that allows patients to securely access their health information electronically.Diamond has been called on several occasions to testify before Congress, has worked extensively with many private sector groups, government agencies, and health information technology bodies, and has published peer-reviewed articles on health IT. She served on the US Health and Human Services federal advisory committee for Health IT Standards, as well as on the Privacy and Security Tiger Team subcommittee. Prior to joining Markle, Diamond was President of US Quality Algorithms® (USQA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna US Healthcare. As USQA's President, she led a 400-employee performance measurement affiliate that developed and deployed sophisticated clinical and financial information products and services. Prior to joining USQA, Diamond was a consultant for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Diamond was a member of the Advisory Board for the Dartmouth Institute for Security, Technology, and Society's Trustworthy Information Systems for Healthcare Project and the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Public Advisory Board. She attended the seven-year BA/MD program at Brooklyn College and the Medical School of the State University of New York at Brooklyn, and earned her Master's degree in Public Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey of Rutgers University.
Stefaan G. Verhulst is the Senior Advisor at the Markle Foundation and the Chief Research and Development Officer of NYU Wagner’s Governance Laboratory. Verhulst was Markle's Chief of Research for 11 years beforejoining the Wagner School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania; an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University; and Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies, Central European University in Budapest. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Co-Director, with Professor Monroe Price, of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at Oxford University, as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies. In that capacity, he was appointed the Socio-Legal Research Fellow at Wolfson College at Oxford. Verhulst was the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, a former lecturer on Communications Law and Policy issues in Belgium, and Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies (IMPS) at the School of Law, University of Glasgow. Verhulst has served as consultant to various international and national organizations, including the Council of Europe, European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, UNDP, USAID, and DFID. Verhulst is the author and co-author of several books and numerous articles and chapters. He is the Founder and Editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and the Communications Law in Transition Newsletter.
Stanley S. Shuman has been an active participant in the principal investment and investment advisory industry around the world for over 45 years. He has also worked extensively in the media industry, serving currently as a Director Emeritus of News Corporation. Shuman was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and served for 19 years as a member of the Financial Control Board for the City of New York.He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Economic Club of New York and a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee on University Resources at Harvard. He is also a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover. Shuman has served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Institute of Public Policy Service and Public Affairs at Duke University. Shuman serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards, including Carnegie Hall, WNET/Channel 13, the Museum of Television and Radio, The Lower Manhattan Development Corp., SESAC and is Chairman of the Center for New York City Law. He is a Board Member of the Markle Foundation.
Suzanne N. Johnson is former Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Chairman of the Global Markets Institute at Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman Sachs, Johnson served as a Member of the firm’s Management Committee responsible for the Global Investment Research Division; Head of the Global Healthcare Business; and founded the firm’s Latin American business. She also chaired the Pine Street/Goldman Sachs University Board and served as a Board Member on the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1985, Johnson was an attorney with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and worked as a law clerk on the US Court of Appeals. Johnson currently serves on the Boards of the American International Group, Inc., Intuit Inc., Pfizer Inc.; Visa Inc.; the American Red Cross, the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Children NOW, Council for Excellence in Government, TechnoServe, the University of Southern California, and Women’s World Banking. She also serves on advisory boards at Harvard Medical School (Departments of Cell Biology and Pathology); RAND Health and the Initiative on Financial Security at the Aspen Institute. Johnson also chairs the Global Agenda Council on Systemic Financial Risk for the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Partnership for the Americas Commission. She is the former Chairman of the Global Markets Institute at Goldman Sachs. She is a Board Member of the Markle Foundation.
The release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) incentive program for the Meaningful Use1of electronic health records(EHRs) marks a major, positive step forward in the nation’s efforts to improve health and health care by putting modern information technology (IT) tools at the fingertips of medical professionals and consumers alike. We applaud the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for establishing an important set of priorities and drafting targets that are, in general, both ambitious and staged to enable broad participation. This was a very challenging and novel undertaking, and the result is an important contribution to the potential of information technology to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. In particular, the NPRM: states that the goal of health IT is to improve health quality and efficiency embraces patient engagement as a key aspect of Meaningful Use establishes metrics for health improvement rather than focusing merely on acquiring technology adopts a phased approach to allow for technology development and testing at initial stages largely proposes simple and easy-to-use requirements for reporting quality results makes progress aligning various HHS quality reporting initiatives and eliminating the need for duplicative reporting While the NPRM takes substantial strides in the right direction, our comments offer specific suggestions for clarifying the regulations and ironing out workable implementation details to achieve the urgent priorities of this effort: improving health and efficient use of health care resources, protecting privacy, and encouraging innovation and broad participation across many health care settings. In this set of collaborative comments, advanced by a diverse array of health leaders, we offer our comments and recommendations on the NPRM in five distinct categories: goals and quality measures eligibility and reporting patient engagement feedback and payment clarification and technical fixes ------------ Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; Proposed rule. 75 Federal Register 8 (January 13, 2010), pp. 1844–2011.
Joseph Heyman, MD, is the Chair of the Independent National Physician Advisory Board, OptumInsight. He is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with a private practice in Amesbury, Massachusetts, served an 8-year term on the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees (BOT). He served as Chair of the AMA-BOT from 2008 to 2009, Secretary from 2005 to 2006, and was Chair of the Finance Committee. Involved in organized medicine since joining the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) in 1973, Heyman joined the AMA in 1980 and has been a member of the Massachusetts delegation to the AMA since 1987. He was a member of the AMA Council on Medical Service, serving on its Executive Committee from 1997 to 2000, and as its Chair from 2000 to 2001. During his tenure on the Council, Heyman helped develop AMA policy on health insurance reform, pharmaceutical industry spending in the United States, and hospital mergers. He serves on the Boards of the Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources/International. Just named as Chair of Ingenix’s Physician Advisory Board, Heyman continues to be an advocate for patients and physicians. Heyman contributed to the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information.
By the end of the twentieth century, information technology and Internet policy emerged as major areas of interest for Markle’s research. Our focus on advancing national security in a connected world evolved from earlier initiatives that strove to define the ways in which the responsible use of technology can be a force for changing the world in positive ways.
Herbert Pardes, M.D., is the Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the hospital and its health care system, the largest not-for-profit hospital in the world. He is a noted psychiatrist and nationally recognized for his broad expertise in medical education, research, clinical care, mental health and health policy. He has held a number of leadership positions in clinical and academic medicine at the national level. Prior to his appointment at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 1999, Pardes served as Vice President for Health Sciences at Columbia University and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons. At the national level, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan administrations. He was also president of the American Psychiatric Association. Pardes has been appointed to serve on numerous health policy commissions by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry, and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. Pardes is the former Chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the New York Association of Medical Schools. Pardes is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and earned the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine. Pardes is on the editorial boards of numerous medical and psychiatric journals and has written over one hundred articles and chapters on diverse topics in mental health. He is a Board Member of the Markle Foundation.
Senator Gorton's dedication to public service began in 1959, when he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives where he served for ten years, including the last two as Majority Leader. In 1969, Gorton was sworn in as Attorney General for the state of Washington, a post he would hold for three terms. Gorton served three terms in the United States Senate where he served as the Chairman of the Interior Appropriation Subcommittee (1995-2001), the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs (1995-1999), and Aviation (1999-2000). He was a member of the Republican leadership as counsel to the Majority Leader (1996-2000). Gorton served on the National Commission on Federal Election Reform and was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”). He also served on BP Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel and is a Member of the National War Powers Commission and the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project. Senator Gorton is currently the Chairman of the Board of Microvision, Inc. and serves on the boards of Vigilos and the Discovery Institute. He is a Board Member of the Markle Foundation and also serves on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.
John Gage is an independent advisor. He was previously the Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office, for Sun Microsystems, Inc. He was responsible for Sun's relationships with world scientific and technical organizations, for international public policy and governmental relations in the areas of scientific and technical policy, and for alliances with the world's leading research institutions. From 2008-2010 he was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers focusing on green technologies. Gage is also well known as one of the founders of NetDay, which calls upon high-tech companies to connect schools, libraries, and clinics worldwide to the Internet. Since 1995 over 500,000 volunteers have wired over 50,000 schools and libraries in the United States. Gage has served on scientific advisory panels for the US National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences. Most recently, he served on the National Academy Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, issuing the report "Beyond Fortress America: National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World" in 2009. He has also been a member of the Board of Regents of the US National Library of Medicine, the Board of Trustees of Fermi National Laboratory, the External Advisory Council for the World Bank, and the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC). In 1999, President Clinton appointed Gage to the Web-Based Education Commission, which issued its report December, 2000. The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government named Gage as one of five distinguished journalists and scholars to be a 2000 Fall Fellow. He taught a course on technology, media, and governance during the Harvard Kennedy School fall semester of 2000. Gage was a Board Member of the Markle Foundation and a Member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.