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Michael Fitzmaurice

ORG Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Title BIO Dr. Fitzmaurice was Director, Center for Information Technology, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research until March 1998. He joined the Public Health Service in 1987 as Director of the National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment, coming from the Health Care Financing Administration where he was Acting Director, Office of Research. Previously, as branch chief in the Office of Research, he directed the development of Medicare's Prospective Payment System. Dr. Fitzmaurice received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1972 from the University of Maryland. He has separate undergraduate degrees from St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, IN) in Mathematics and in Economics. He was an adjunct Associate Professor in the Howard University Graduate School of Business, 1972-77, and the University College Graduate School, University of Maryland at College Park, 1982-87. He is active nationally and internationally in encouraging the uniformity and computerization of health care information to improve the quality of patient care and public health policy decisions. In 2000, he received the Elmer Gabrielli Award from the American Society for Testing and Materials, Committee E31, for his dedication to and achievements in national health data standards. In 1999, he received the Future of Health Technology Award, and was also elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. In 1993, he served on the White House Health Reform Task Force, Working Groups on Information Systems and on Administrative Simplification, which made recommendations to the Task Force on the use of information technology in health care. Dr. Fitzmaurice has represented AHRQ as a member of the White House Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF), Committee on Applications and Technology. The IITF released his paper "Health Care and the National Information Infrastructure" in Putting the Information Infrastructure to Work (May 1994) that presents the vision of how NII can benefit the health care sector. Currently, Dr. Fitzmaurice advises the Director of AHRQ, develops health information technology research programs at AHRQ and co-chairs the DHHS Information and Cross-cutting Implementation Team that provides oversight for developing the health data standards requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 (P.L. 104-191). HIPAA calls for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt national patient care data standards for selected electronic health care transactions. He is AHRQ