Schumer names final 2 members to ONC’s Health IT Advisory Committee

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Sen. Chuck Schumer has named Imprivata's Aaron Miri and New York eHealth Collaborative's Valerie Grey to the Health IT Advisory Commitee. (Image: NASA/Bill Ingalls, via Wikimedia Commons)

The roster for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s advisory committee has been finalized just a day before the group is scheduled to meet for the first time.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, named Valerie Grey, executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative, and Aaron Miri, chief information officer at Imprivata, to fill the final two slots in the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. The committee is scheduled to meet for the first time on Thursday.

The appointments were first reported by Politico’s Darius Tahir and confirmed by FierceHealthcare.

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Under the 21st Century Cures Act, the new 30-member advisory committee replaces two previous health IT committees that provided policy recommendations to ONC. Within 30 days of its first meeting, the group of advisers is required to develop a schedule for policy recommendations.

Miri previously served on both committees. In a tweet Tuesday evening he said he was “honored” to “continue the work of making a truly interoperable vertical.”

“From reducing medical errors, to the better management of chronic disease and supporting public health and protecting vulnerable populations, HIT will continue to grow in importance and influence in the healthcare environment, Grey said in a release emailed to FierceHealthcare. “The advisory committee will help shape the next phase of health information exchange in our country, while ensuring the interests of patients and the public remain at the center.”