HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association FY11 Elections Bring New and Experienced Leadership Toget


 The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 42 EHR supplier companies, announced new leadership for the coming year based on their annual elections, which took place in June.  This year’s election results mean the return of several Executive Committee members, as well as the addition of new members, maintaining the balance of representation from companies that serve healthcare enterprises with both ambulatory and acute care EHRs and companies that focus on the ambulatory market.

Carl Dvorak, Executive Vice President of Epic Systems, and Charles (Charlie) Jarvis, Vice President of Healthcare Services and Government Relations for NextGen Healthcare, have been re-elected to the positions of Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.  Mr. Dvorak was a founding member of the Association, now in its seventh year, and served on the Executive Committee from 2004 to 2006. After being re-elected to the Executive Committee in 2009, he was elected to the Chair position in 2010.  Mr. Jarvis, elected to the Vice Chair position in 2008, was first elected to the Executive Committee in 2007 and has also served as Chair of the Communications Workgroup, the Government Initiatives Workgroup, and the Ambulatory Special Interest Group, and currently leads a collaboration between the EHR Association and the 62 Regional Extension Centers.  Both began their second terms on July 1 this year.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the EHR Association as a resource for our collective customers in achieving meaningful use, helping the industry and policymakers define open standards, and sharing best practices among EHR developers and users for safe and effective use of EHRs,” said Dvorak.

Joining the Executive Committee for a two-year term is Jason Colquitt, Executive Director, Research Services, Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.  Leigh Burchell, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Allscripts and Chair of the EHR Association’s Public Policy Leadership Workgroup, was also elected to a one-year term to complete the second year of a two-year term vacated by a former colleague.  Pamela Chapman, Director of Clinical Product Management for e-MDs and Vice Chair of the Association’s Certification Workgroup, was re-elected to the Executive Committee for a two-year term.

Returning to the Executive Committee to complete the second year of a two-year term are Rick Reeves, Senior Manager, Product Development Services at CPSI, who has served as Certification Workgroup Chair and on the Executive Committee since 2008; and Mickey McGlynn, Senior Director, Solutions Development Strategy and Operations for Siemens, who served as Chair of the Public Policy Leadership Workgroup from 2008 until June 2011.

“This is an important opportunity to participate in the EHR Association’s leadership process as we continue our role as a key resource and “go to” organization in the dialog about meaningful use, interoperability standards, and usability,” said Jason Colquitt.  “I’m excited to work with my colleagues from other EHR companies in this role and know that the insights I’ll gain from this experience will be valuable for Greenway and for me as a health IT professional,” Colquitt concluded.

Mark Segal, PhD, Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, GE Healthcare IT, Vice Chair Emeritus, having served from 2009 through 2010, was re-elected to a two-year term on the Executive Committee.  Mark is currently vice-chair of the Public Policy Leadership Workgroup. Also serving in ex-officio positions are Justin Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, Industry and Government Affairs for Greenway Medical Technologies and Chair Emeritus of the Association, serving two terms from 2008 through 2010; and Charlene Underwood, Senior Director of Government and Industry Affairs for Siemens Medical Solutions and Chair Emeritus of the EHR Association, having served from 2004 until 2006.

“This year will continue the momentum we’ve seen since 2009 when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed,” Carl Dvorak, returning Chair, commented.  “And we’ve got a good balance of experienced Executive Committee members and new members – all of whom have worked on important Association initiatives through their workgroup engagement over the years – to address increasing opportunities to educate, collaborate, and represent EHR suppliers and our customers with key industry stakeholders,” said Dvorak.

About the HIMSS EHR Association
The HIMSS EHR Association is a trade association of 42 electronic health record (EHR) companies that join together to lead the health IT industry in the accelerated adoption of electronic health records in hospital and ambulatory care settings in the US.  The Association provides a leadership forum for the EHR software provider community to speak with a unified voice relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues as they become subject to increasing government, insurance and provider-driven initiatives and requests.  Membership is open to HIMSS Corporate Members companies that design, develop and market their own EHRs.  The Association is a partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and operates as an independent organizational unit within HIMSS.  For more information, visit For more information, visit http://www.himssEHRA.org.

Elizabeth (Liddy) West, CPHIMS
(520) 730-8212 or ewest123@msn.com

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