AMIA Leader to Advise Federal Health IT Policy Committee on Patient & Consumer Empowerment in Healthcare

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

(BETHESDA, MD) – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Government Accountability Office has appointed Carolyn Petersen to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC).  In this capacity, Ms. Petersen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in informatics to represent patients and consumers on policy issues considered by the HITPC.

"Ms. Petersen has a demonstrated understanding of the complex relationship between healthcare delivery, information technology and patient engagement," said AMIA President and CEO Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI.  "Her experience as a nationally-recognized patient advocate, educator and writer, strongly positions Petersen to guide federal efforts in the next phase of modernizing the nation’s healthcare system."

Ms. Petersen is Senior Editor for of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is a 30-year pediatric cancer survivor and has served as a consumer representative for multiple groups, including the Food and Drug Administration’s Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel, the National Cancer Informatics Program, and the Improving Healthcare Systems Advisory Panel of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Ms. Petersen is currently a member of the AMIA Public Policy Committee and the Ethics Committee of AMIA, and is immediate past-chair of the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Working Group. Ms. Petersen received a Master of Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University.

"Tremendous strides have been made towards 21st century care delivery under the guidance of the Federal Advisory Committees," said Dr. Fridsma. “Through her experience as a patient, educator and industry thought leader, Petersen will be an important asset to the Department of Health and Human Services and to the nation as we strive to advance patient outcomes, improve population health, and reduce the cost of healthcare through IT."

Click here for the announcement from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.


AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.