BUSM Professor, BMC Physician Appointed to National Health Information Technology Policy Committee


Contact: Gina Orlando, (617) 638-8490, gina.orlando@bmc.org

(Boston) — Devin Mann, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and attending physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has been appointed to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Mann, who was one of three new appointments, will serve as a researcher on the committee and will complete a full, three-year term through October 2016.

“In developing policy for health information technology, it’s important to take into account expertise related to privacy and security, health care research, as well as the views of health care workers who are the users of HIT,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. “A number of individuals with backgrounds in these areas responded to GAO’s request for nominations, and I am pleased to announce the addition of today’s new appointments.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established the HIT Policy Committee and gave the Comptroller General responsibility for appointing 13 of its 20 members. The HIT Policy Committee makes recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on this prestigious committee and I look forward to representing BUSM and BMC over the next three years,” said Mann.

To this role, Mann brings years of experience in healthcare IT. His research has focused on the use of health information technology in improving clinical care, such as developing decision support systems with electronic health records to support advanced medical home care. He serves as the lead physician in ambulatory implementation of the Epic system at BMC and co-leads Epic optimization at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

Mann has served as the HIT lead on the Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and his MS of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research from Weill Cornell Medical College.

For more information visit the GAO Health Care Advisory Committees web page at http://www.gao.gov/about/hcac/.

About Boston University School of Medicine

Originally established in 1848 as the New England Female Medical College, and incorporated into Boston University in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine today is a leading academic medical center with an enrollment of more than 700 medical students and more than 800 masters and PhD students. Its 1,246 full and part-time faculty members generated more than $335 million in funding in the 2009-2010 academic year for research in amyloidosis, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, infectious disease, pulmonary disease and dermatology among others. The School is affiliated with Boston Medical Center, its principal teaching hospital, the Boston and Bedford Veterans Administration Medical Centers and 16 other regional hospitals as well as the Boston HealthNet.


About Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution.  Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet – 15 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit www.bmc.org.


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