Aug. 17, 2017 - Denise Webb joins Government Accountability Office’s new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.
Denise Webb, chief information officer of Marshfield Clinic Health System and chief executive officer of MCIS, Inc. was appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) as one of the 15 members for the new federal Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee established in the 21st Century Cures Act.
Webb joins a select and exclusive group of industry experts to provide recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure that advances the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a legislative branch government agency that supports Congress in meeting constitutional responsibilities. Their mission is to help improve performance and ensure accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the (GAO), made the announcement Aug. 3.
"I am honored and it's a privilege to serve on this committee. I can bring the perspective of an integrated health care delivery system that has its own IT company and develops its own health technology tools for its providers and patients," Webb said. "I hope to make a positive impact for Wisconsin and our nation by moving the interoperability roadmap forward."
Webb was appointed to a two-year term. Other members of the committee were given staggered one-, two- or three-year terms.
"Denise was selected for this role because of her expertise, leadership and vision in the field of health information technology," said Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO Dr. Susan Turney. "Her appointment gives a powerful voice to the best interests of our patients and patients across the country. Denise will take our focus on patient-centered care and excellence of care delivery to a national level where she can have an impact on millions of lives."
Before joining Marshfield Clinic Health System, Webb held multiple positions in Wisconsin state government focused on the statewide adoption and use of electronic health records and electronic health information exchange, including as the statewide coordinator for health information technology. She also served in the Air Force, where she retired as a lieutenant colonel. She received master's degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Webster University.
Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) oversees Marshfield Clinic and other subsidiaries, including Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., MCIS, Inc., Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Marshfield Clinic, with more than 50 locations in Wisconsin, serves patients through accessible, high quality health care, research and education; with more than 700 physician specialists in 86 specialties and subspecialties and more than 6,500 employees. MCHS is overseen by a Board of Directors with 13 independent members and 11 physicians who comprise the Marshfield Clinic Board.
MCIS, Inc. was established from within the Marshfield Clinic Health System, and has been continuously developing an EHR for providers for over 30 years. The company understands the challenges that practices face, and empowers physicians to do what they were designed to do, which is practice medicine, with expert clinical decision support when they need it.