On May 13th, the Office of the Governor announced several direct appointments to the New Jersey Health Information Technology (NJ-HIT) Commission, and I am extremely pleased to pass along that I have been appointed to the attorney seat on the Commission.  I look forward to bringing my experience and enthusiasm to the table, and contributing to the success of the Commission’s goals.

The NJ-HIT Commission was created by the New Jersey Health Information Technology Promotion Act, and its members, with the assistance of the Department of Banking and Insurance, are charged with developing, implementing and overseeing the establishment and creation of a state-wide health information technology plan utilizing electronic medical records.  Among other things, the Commission will be looking to the national standards for the State’s HIT system for security, privacy, data content, format, vocabulary and information transfer standards.

The Commission will ultimately include over 19 members of the public, including representatives from professional health care organizations from across the State.

In 1994, Thomas Edison State College released a health care information networks and technology study that showed that New Jersey could save as much as $760 million by migrating from paper-based systems to an electronic network.