The Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative (PAeHI), whose mission is to improve healthcare in Pennsylvania by fostering the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and other advanced healthcare information technology across the Commonwealth, has elected its 2011 Board of Directors and Officers.

Two new members were elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors: Dr. Susan L. Kressly, Kressly Pediatrics representing Clinician and Clinician Organizations and Dr. Linda Hogan, The Commonwealth Medical College representing the Supporting Member Organizations.

Re-elected to serve on the twelve-member Board were Sharon L. Dorogy, Director of Information Systems, The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Don Levick, Lehigh Valley Hospital; both representing Hospitals and Hospital Organizations.

Elected as officers for 2011 were: Sharon L. Dorogy, Director of Information Systems, The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, elected for her second term as Chairperson, Ellen Marshall, Deputy Director, Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), elected to her second term as Vice Chair; Bernie Lynch, Senior Director, Payer Relations, Pennsylvania Medical Society, elected to his second term as Treasurer; and Martin Ciccocioppo, Vice President Research, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP),elected to his second term as Secretary.

Other voting board members include: Dr. Kenneth D. Coburn, Health Quality Partners; Dan Jones, Quality Insights of PA; JoAnn Klinedinst, HIMSS; Dr. Don Levick, Lehigh Valley Hospital; Phil Magistro, State HIT Coordinator and Kent Whiting, Capital BlueCross.

In addition to its twelve-members, the Board also includes ten (10) Ex-Officio members: Edith Dees, Holy Spirit Hospital; PA State Senator Mike Folmer; Steve Fox, Post & Schell; Scott Gillam, Highmark; William Gillespie, WellSpan Health System; Mark Jacobs, WellSpan Health System; Sean O'Rourke, Consilient Solutions LLC; Robert Torres, PA Department of Health; Dr. James Walker, Geisinger Health System; and Dr. Donald Wilson, Quality Insights of PA. Continuing to serve as Executive Director is Dr. Chris Cavanaugh.

The Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative (PAeHI) was created in 2005 to encourage the development and use of electronic health records (EHRs) in Pennsylvania along with health information exchanges (HIE), which will ultimately tie into a nationwide system allowing patients and healthcare providers to securely access medical records regionally and throughout the country. The initiative is working with providers, health insurers, businesses, and government to inform health care stakeholders and all Pennsylvanians of the benefits of utilizing electronic health records; interconnect all health care stakeholders to make health information available; address legal and policy issues which could impede the development of HIEs; enable secure, confidential access to health information; and enable patient access and control of their health information. PAeHI background and membership information is available at