Health Information Exchange Community Oversight Board

In January 2011, Washington State began implementing a secure, shared health information technology infrastructure to advance Health Information Exchange (HIE). Secure HIE will help providers improve clinical care and services. It may also prevent duplicate procedures and eliminate prescription mistakes. The State HIE program is funded by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). (Visit for more information, resources and links that will help guide you through the landscape of health information technology (Health IT) in Washington State.)

OneHealthPort (OHP), in coordination with the Washington State Health Care Authority, will lead HIE implementation activities. OHP is a private sector health information technology management organization, created in 2002 by local health care organizations to streamline and accelerate the exchange of business and clinical information.

In response to feedback from stakeholder webinars hosted by OHP, a governance model that included HIE Community Oversight was recommended. The Foundation for Health Care Quality (FHCQ) was selected as the Community Oversight Organization.

Washington State HIE Governance Model

Role of Community Oversight Organization

The Oversight Board will review and act on specific elements of the Lead Organization’s work. The role of the oversight organization is to help ensure the private lead organization is operating in the public interest. Specifically, the Oversight Board will review and act on the following:

  • The pricing model developed by the Lead Organization for HIE shared services
  • The privacy and security policies for the HIE
  • Accessibility of the HIE


FHCQ empanelled an operating Board to oversee the work of the Lead Organization. The Board is composed of seven (7) independent members (i.e. individuals who are not employees of HCA, the Lead Organization or any of its shareholders, or of FHCQ or any entity affiliated with or sponsored by it), and includes at least one (1) public sector representative, (1) consumer representative, and four (4) Health Information Exchange (HIE) user representatives (i.e. employees or members of organizations who are or who likely will be actively engaged in the use or provision of HIE).

Board Members

Representing HIE Consumers: (one position)

Rudy Vasquez
Multicultural Services Director
Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Position #1 expires: September 2014; eligible for one more 3-year term upon expiration of this term.

Representing HIE Users: (four positions)

Margaret J. Lane
mLane and Company

Position #2 expires: September 2014; eligible for one more 3-year term upon expiration of this term.

*Gretchen Murphy, M.Ed., RHIA, FAHIMA *Chair
Dir, Health Informatics & Health Information Mgt Prog.
School of Public Health
University of Washington, Box 359455
Seattle WA 98195-9455
(206) 543-8810

Position #3 expires: November 2015; eligible for additional 3-year term upon expiration of this term.


VP, Information Systems / CIO
Kadlec Health System
106505 N Harrington Road
West Richland, WA 99353
tel: (509) 942-2696 / mobile: (509) 430-6006

Position #4 expires: November 2015 eligible for additional 3-year term upon the expiration of this term.

Michael J. Tronolone, MD, MMM
Medical Director
The Polyclinic

Position #5 expires: November 2013.

Petra Knowles, Rn, MSA, CHCIO
Senior Director, Enterprise Applications

Position #6 expires: November 2013.

Representing the Public Sector (one position):

Bryant Thomas Karras MD
Public Health Informatics Officer, Sr. Epi,
State of Washington, DOH, Public Health Lab

Position #7 expires: November 2013.

Meetings and Materials

The Oversight Board met approximately four (4) times per year. The Board met on

  • November 9, 2010:
  • February 4, 2011;
  • May 13, 2011:
  • September 30, 2011;
  • October 18, 2011 (conference call);
  • November 4, 2011 (conference call);
  • February 3, 2012;
  • May 4, 2012;
  • September 28, 2012,
  • January 25, 2013
  • with the final meeting held on April 19 2013.

Board materials and resources are available to the public, and posted on OneHealthPort’s website.

Contact Information

Board Chair: Gretchen Murphy, M.Ed., RHIA, FAHIMA, Director, Health Informatics and Health Information Management Program, University of Washington; phone: (206) 543-8810; e-mail:

FHCQ Dr. Terry Rogers, CEO, phone (206) 682-2811 Ext 17; e-mail:

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