The push toward "meaningful use" of health IT in America's hospitals and medical practices involves some of the country's most talented healthcare and technology leaders. InformationWeek Healthcare shines a spotlight on some of those healthcare IT movers and shakers.
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Dr. Carol Diamond, directs the health initiatives of Markle Foundation and chairs Markle Connecting for Health, an influential public-private collaborative working to realize the full potential of information technology in health and health care in the United States. Markle Connecting for Health engages more than 100 diverse organizations and institutions in an approach rooted in core values, including achieving medical excellence, fostering patient participation, and protecting personal privacy. Diamond has testified before Congress on behalf of the Markle Foundation and works with many private sector groups, government agencies, and health information technology bodies. She is serving on the Health IT Standards Committee, which advises the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT. Diamond has also played a role with various federal agencies and the health IT community in the development of www.KatrinaHealth.org, a secure Web site that made prescription medication histories available to doctors and pharmacists caring for evacuees whose medical records were destroyed during the historic hurricane.