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CDPHP chief tapped as Hixny chair

CDPHP President and CEO John Bennett was elected to serve a second, one-year term as chairman of Hixny's board of directors.

Hixny, or Health Information Xchange of New York, is a Latham-based health information exchange that serves nearly 1.6 million people in a 17-county area that includes the Capital Region. Its board of directors comprises 16 people from around the region elected to serve one-year terms.

“2014 will be an important year in the continued evolution of Hixny," said Bennett in a news release. "This board represents a unique cross-section of healthcare and business leaders who share the common goal of improving the coordination of care and reducing healthcare costs in our region. This year Hixny will provide patients access to their electronic medical records, which represents our most recent efforts to engage the 1.55 million residents in our region to become more active in their care.”

New officers include: Dr. Kallanna Manjunath, chief medical officer of Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services, as vice chair; David Kile, director of continuing education and professional development at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as treasurer; and George Hickman, executive vice president and chief information officer at Albany Medical Center, as secretary.

The board also includes: Phil Deleel, director of information systems at Adirondack Health; Dr. Barbara Morris, chief medical officer at Community Care Physicians; Joseph Gambino, CEO of Hometown Health Center; Barbara Hess, chief administrative officer at SEFCU; Paul Macielak, president and CEO of New York Health Plan Association; Katherine Alonge-Coons, commissioner of mental health in Rensselaer County; Brian O’Grady, vice president at BlueShield of Northeastern New York; Dr. Wouter Rietsema, vice president of quality and information services at CVPH Medical Center; and Bonnie Chavin, president of Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation.

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