Gene L. Dodaro, comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently announced that Denni McColm, chief information officer (CIO) for Citizens Memorial Hospital/ Health Care Foundation, is one of 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.”

“This committee is really important in making recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator of HIT, which influences the policies and standards that are applied to hospitals and physicians through meaningful use and other HIT programs,” says McColm.

Newly appointment members will serve for one-, two-, or three-year terms. All members may be reappointed for subsequent three-year terms. McColm is appointed for a two-year term.

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