E-Health Advisory Committee

The e-Health Advisory Committee was established in July 2016 to advise the Texas Health and Human Services 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 tasks of the eHAC include:

  • Advising 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.
  • Advising on the development, use, and long-range plans for telemedicine, telehealth, and home telemonitoring services.
  • Advising on incentives for increasing health care provider adoption and use of EHRs and HIEs.
  • Making verbal or written recommendations via regularly scheduled meetings and/or designated HHSC staff liaison.
  • Reporting on Committee meetings and recommendations made to HHS.

Members

Dipesh Batra, MD
Medicaid provider or child health plan program provider
Houston

Phil Beckett, PhD
Representative of a local or regional health information exchange
San Antonio

Nora Belcher
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
Austin

Stephen Brint Carlton, J.D.
Representative from the Texas Medical Board
Austin

Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, PhD, MBA
Expert on telemedicine
Houston

Adam S. Chesler, PharmD
Representative from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy
Dallas

Salil Deshpande, MD, MBA
Representative from the Statewide Health Coordinating Council
Houston

Steve Eichner
Ex officio representative from DSHS
Austin

George Gooch, J.D.
Representative from the Texas Health Services Authority established under Chapter 182, Texas Health and Safety Code
Austin

Sheila M. Magoon, MD
Representative of a local or regional health information exchange
Harlingen

Elise McDermott, BS, BSN, RN
Representative from the Texas Board of Nursing
Austin

Melisa McEwen
Representative of the pharmaceutical industry
Spring

Erin McManus
Ex officio representative from HHSC
Austin

Pamela McNutt
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
Dallas

Sarah Mills
Expert on home telemonitoring services
Austin

Deanna Naranjo
Ex officio representative from HHSC
Austin

Billy Philips, PhD
Representative of consumers of health services provided through telemedicine
Houston

Tracy Rico, RN
Representative of a managed care organization
San Antonio

Mari Robinson, JD
Representative of a health science center in Texas
Galveston

Stephanie Rogers, MBA
Representative of a managed care organization
Georgetown

Meeting Dates

All meetings are held in Austin; primarily in the HHS agencies’ public hearing rooms.

  • April 3, 2020 (9:00 a.m.)
  • July 17, 2020 (9:00 a.m.)
  • December 7, 2020 (9:00 a.m.)

For More Information

Contact us at HHSHealthIT@hhsc.state.tx.us.