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American Dental Association Member Dr. Gregory Zeller Appointed to the Board of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology

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CHICAGO, DEC. 20, 2010 – The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) this week announced the appointment of Gregory Zeller, D.D.S., M.S., a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), to serve on its board of commissioners starting Jan. 1.

“As the laws and regulations governing the sharing of electronic health information continue to evolve, the ADA is proud to have Dr. Zeller represent dentistry on the board of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology,” said ADA President Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S.

The nonprofit Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). 

Dr. Zeller is the only dentist appointed to serve on the 19-member board of commissioners whose members represent health care providers, academia, the private sector, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The commissioners, who serve two-year terms, are selected based on their recognized expertise and experience in healthcare information technology. The Commission’s board guides and approves the tasks of the Commission’s work groups and staff as they develop certification criteria, inspection processes and policy regarding electronic health records tested and certified in the Commission’s independently-developed CCHIT Certified® program.

“The Commission welcomes the diverse expertise that our new appointees represent as we meet the challenge of the future,” said Karen Bell, M.D. M.M.S., chair of the Commission.  “We appreciate Dr. Zeller’s commitment to participate in our work as we extend our health IT certification programs to meet provider and patient needs.”  

The federal government in 2004 announced the goal of adopting electronic health records for all Americans by 2014. Electronic health records contain health-related information entered for an individual at the medical office or hospital where they receive medical care. The electronic health record can contain a patient’s entire health history for dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and all other health needs.  With initial patient authorization, dentists and physicians would have access to complete patient information at their office and will update the patient record with any new information.  The ADA is working with various agencies to position dentistry for implementation of electronic health records in dental offices.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology,” said Dr. Zeller, an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Dental School and Director of the Dental Care Clinical Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System. "I look forward to representing the dental health care perspective in Commission deliberations on behalf of the ADA and all dental stakeholders."

For more information on oral health, please visit ADA.org. For more information about Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, please visit http://cchit.org.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.