Committee Background and Purpose

The e-Health Advisory Committee (eHAC) was established in July 2016 to advise the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) executive commissioner and HHS agencies on strategic planning, policy, rules and services related to the use of health information technology, health information exchange systems, telemedicine, telehealth and home telemonitoring services. 

The eHAC is comprised of professionals in specific fields of specialization, plus 2 ex-officio HHSC representatives, and 1 ex-officio Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) representative.  The HHS executive commissioner appoints members to serve on the eHAC for two-year terms.

Tasks

  • Advise on the development, implementation and long-range plans for health care information technology and Health Information Exchange (HIE), including the use of:
    • electronic health records,
    • computerized clinical support systems,
    • HIE systems for the exchange of clinical and other forms of health information, and
    • other methods of incorporating HIT for the purposes of greater cost-effectiveness and better patient outcomes in health and population health.
  • Advise on the development, use, and long-range plans for telemedicine, telehealth, and home telemonitoring services.
  • Advise on incentives for increasing health care provider adoption and use of EHRs and HIEs.
  • Make verbal or written recommendations via regularly scheduled meetings and/or designated HHSC staff liaison.
  • Report on Committee meetings and recommendations made to HHS.

Committee Members

Per statute, the eHAC includes these representatives from each of the following categories:

  • At least 2 voting, ex officio representatives from HHSC
    • Erin McManus, Austin
    • Director of Office of e-Health Coordination (Vacant), Austin
  • At least 1 voting, ex officio representative from DSHS
    • Steve Eichner, Austin
  • At least one representative from the Texas Medical Board
    • Scott M. Freshour, J.D., Austin
  • At least one representative from the Texas Board of Nursing
    • Stacey Cropley, DNP, RN, LNCC, Austin
  • At least one representative from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy
    • Adam S. Chesler, PharmD, Dallas
  • At least one representative from the Statewide Health Coordinating Council
    • Salil Deshpande, MD, MBA, Houston
  • At least one representative of a managed care organization
    • Will Rodriguez, Lubbock
  • At least one representative of the pharmaceutical industry
    • A.J. Patel, RPh, Austin
  • At least one representative of a health science center in Texas
    • Billy Philips, PhD, MPH, Lubbock
  • At least one expert on telemedicine
    • Krisi Henderson, DNP, NP-BC, FAEN, Austin
  • At least one expert on home telemonitoring services
    • Sarah Mills, Austin
  • At least one representative of consumers of health services provided through telemedicine
    • Rebecca Moreau, Houston
  • At least one Medicaid provider or child health plan program provider
    • Ogechika Alozie, MD, CPHIMS, El Paso
  • At least one representative from the Texas Health Services Authority established under Chapter 182, Texas Health and Safety Code
    • George Gooch, JD, Austin
  • At least one representative of a local or regional health information exchange
    • Gijs Van Oort, PhD, San Antonio
  • At least one representative with expertise related to the implementation of electronic health records, computerized clinical support systems, and health information exchange systems for exchanging clinical and other types of health information
    • Elizabeth Adamson, MSN, RN, CPHIMS, Edinburg
    • Nora Belcher, Austin
    • Pamela McNutt, Dallas
    • Gerald Nissley, Jr., PsyD, Marshall

 

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