Dr. Paul Tang , a board certified internist, is chief information medical officer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, multipractice group part of Sutter Health, which operates hospitals and physician organizations in Northern California. Tang is vice chair of the Health IT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee created by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The HIT Policy Committee makes recommendations to the US Health and Human Services about policies involving the adoption and effective use of health information technology to improve the health of Americans. Tang is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Board for the American Medical Informatics Association, a member of the board of the National eHealth Collaborative, and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and serves on its Health Care Services Board. Tang also chairs the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Health Information Technology Expert Panel and is a member of the NQF Consensus Standards Approval Committee.