APA and Partner Organizations Recommend Five Scientists for New Health Info Tech Advisory Committees

Two new committees were created by Congress in the Recovery Act (economic stimulus legislation) to improve electronic infrastructure, which the Administration sees as an important predicate for health care reform. They are the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy and HIT Standards.

APA, partnering with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, nominated five psychological scientists with expertise on human factors to serve on either of two new committees created by Congress in the Recovery Act (economic stimulus legislation).  The two committees were established to create an improved electronic infrastructure, which the Administration sees as an important predicate for health care reform.

The two new committees are Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy and HIT Standards.  The latter will make recommendations to the National Coordinator for HIT on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information.  Members would be appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  According to the federal announcement, a broad variety of stakeholders including researchers should be considered. The HIT Policy Committee will make recommendations to the National Coordinator on the implementation of a nationwide HIT infrastructure.

Scientists nominated by the three organizations include Sara Czaja, PhD, Professor in the School of Medicine and Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami; David Kobus, PhD, Director of Medical Systems at Pacific Science and Engineering, Inc.; Donald Norman, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Psychology and Cognitive Science at Northwestern University; Jacob Seagull, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; and David Woods, PhD, Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University.