GAO Makes Appointments to Health Information Technology Advisory Committee; Society Member Appointed

September 8, 2017

Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently announced 15 appointments to the new Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee.

“It is extremely valuable to have a range of perspectives and expertise in helping the government address challenges related to health information technology,” Dodaro said. “GAO received nominations for many highly qualified individuals, and I’m pleased to announce this first round of appointments to the HIT Advisory Committee.”

Society member Terrence O’Malley, MD, was appointed for a one-year term. Dr. O’Malley is a geriatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center North End with experience providing care to patients with complex medical needs. He is also an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. O’Malley previously held various administrative leadership positions, including as the Medical Director for Non-acute Care Services at Partners HealthCare and Partners HealthCare at Home. His areas of expertise are in quality measurement and process improvement, systems design, and clinical care, particularly in long-term and post-acute settings. Dr. O’Malley received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.

Newly appointed members will serve for one-, two-, or three-year terms. All members may be reappointed for subsequent three-year terms. Other members appointed for one-year terms are: Michael Adcock, Carolyn Petersen, Sasha TerMaat, and Andrew Truscott. Members appointed for two-year terms are John Kansky, Denni McColm, Brett Oliver, Raj Ratwani, and Denise Webb. Members appointed for three-year terms are Christina Caraballo, Tina Esposito, Brad Gescheider, Kensaku Kawamoto, and Sheryl Turney.

The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted in December 2016, established the HIT Advisory Committee and gave the Comptroller General responsibility for appointing several of the members. The committee will provide recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure that advances the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information.