November 18, 2002

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Reel Appointed to Inaugural Board of Health Information Technology Group

Stephanie Reel, M.B.A., chief information officer and vice provost for information technology for The Johns Hopkins University and vice president for information services for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been appointed to the inaugural board of directors for the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT).

Established in June 2002, NAHIT is a group of health care providers, information technology vendors and national health and technology associations dedicated to developing voluntary standards for health information technology.

NAHIT board members will conduct strategic planning, establish project priorities and oversee the organization and its key initiatives.

As one of the 17-person board, Reel says she is mindful of what is at stake in the rapidly evolving world of health care information. "Unlike many other industries, health care has few standards for information technology. With the right technology and an appropriate degree of private and public collaboration, we can make a significant positive impact on the cost and quality of health care through the standardization of health care information systems."

Reel has more than 15 years of experience in information systems. She holds an M.B.A. degree from Loyola College in Baltimore and was named chief information officer of the year by the College of Healthcare Information Systems Executives in 2000. Under her direction, the Johns Hopkins Electronic Patient Record was developed and has been recognized by Computerworld Magazine and the Smithsonian Institution with an award that remains on display in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.

Reel is on the board of directors for the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group, the Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association, the College of Healthcare Information Systems Executives, and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society. She also serves on the State of Maryland's Medical Privacy and Confidentiality Advisory Board.


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