Electronic Health Information Exchange System Advisory Committee

Background and Purpose

The advisory committee assists HHSC with duties related to the development of health information exchange systems in Subchapter V, Chapter 531, Government Code. The advisory committee advises HHSC regarding the development and implementation of an electronic health information exchange system to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care services provided through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The committee advises on the following issues and any other issues specified by HHSC:

  • Data to be included in an electronic health record.
  • Presentation of data.
  • Useful measures for quality of service and patient health outcomes.
  • Federal and state laws regarding privacy and management of private patient information.
  • Incentives for increasing health care provider adoption and usage of an electronic health record and the health information exchange system.
  • Data exchange with local or regional health information exchanges to enhance the comprehensive nature of the information contained in electronic health records, and health care provider efficiency by supporting integration of the information into the electronic health record used by health care providers.
  • Other issues determined by HHSC.

In Adopted Rules, April 4, 2014 39 TexReg 2497: Effective date April 13, 2014 The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopted an amendment to §351.3, concerning Purpose, Task and Duration of Advisory Committees, without changes to the pro-posed text as published in the January 24, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 338). Paragraph (14)(C) updates the abolishment date of the Electronic Health Information Exchange System Advisory Committee to August 31, 2016.


The committee is composed of 12 to 16 members. The HHSC Executive Commissioner appoints the members and the presiding officer of the committee. The members must represent the geographic and cultural diversity of the state.

Committee Members
Name City Representing
Joe Schneider, M.D. (Chairman) Dallas Medicaid Providers Representative
Pamela McNutt (Vice Chair) Dallas Healthcare Facilities Representative
Tony Gilman Austin Texas Health Services Authority (THSA)
Nora Belcher Austin Major Provider Associations Representative
Sloane Steele Austin Managed Care Organizations Representative
Tara Rios Brownsville CHIP Providers Representative
George Gutierrez, D.D.S. San Antonio Pediatric Medical Informatics Representative
Mary Lanham Gabel Houston Medicaid Recipients and CHIP Enrollee Representative
Lisa Campbell Amarillo Fee-For-Service Providers Representative
Gijs van Oort, Ph.D San Antonio Local or Regional HIE Representative
Doug Read, Pharm. D. San Antonio Pharmaceutical Industry Representative
Sylvia Kauffman Texas Health and Human Services Commission Representative
Representative Texas DADS
Representative Texas DSHS
Representative Texas DARS
Representative Texas DFPS

For information regarding this schedule, please contact David Fulton, Committee Coordinator
(512) 462-6233 or david.fulton@hhsc.state.tx.us

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Legislative Reports

Date Bill
Report Title Format
01/2011   Medicaid Electronic Health Information Exchange System Initial Report - HIE PDF
12/2010 Rider51, SB1, HB1966 Electronic Prescribing Implementation Plan Update - HIE PDF