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Alumna Appointed to U.S. Government Committee

Friday, May 06, 2016

KarenThe U.S. Government Accountability Office has appointed Doctoral Program in Public Affairs alumna Karen van Caulil (Ph.D., '05) (right) to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee.

This committee was created in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and is responsible for making recommendations on the development and implementation of a nationwide health information infrastructure to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

van Caulil will served in the position representing employers. She is joined by James Ferguson and Carolyn Peterson, who will fill the roles representing payers and advocating for patients and consumers, respectively.

"It's important to have the input of key stakeholders in the development of health information technology policy," Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the United States, said in a release. "A number of strong candidates expressed an interest in serving on the Committee, and the individuals being named today will bring highly valuable perspectives to the work of the Committee."

van Caulil is the president and chief executive officer of the Florida Health Care Coalition as well as the chair of the Board of Governors of the National Business Coalition on Health. She has also been a partner of UCF, having helped develop the College of Medicine's Regional Extension Center through 2011.

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