Virginia Governor Mark Warner has appointed 33 people his recently created Governor's Task Force on Information Technology in Health Care. The Task Force was created in January and an initial report is scheduled for late this year. The Task Force is to evaluate:
- The use of electronic health records
- Additional data collection systems
- Other technologies to improve Virginia's health information structures
- How to ensure that patient privacy and security of health information is maintained.
Only a few of the Task Force members are State officials, the Health Department's CIO (a physician by the way who is also the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health), the head of Medicaid, the Commissioner of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, the State's Secretary of Technology, and a member of the House of Delegates.