February 3, 2016

Authority Announces Staff Leadership Change, Effective April 18; Chairman Highlights Progress Toward Statewide Health Information Exchange 

Harrisburg, PA—The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority today announced the resignation of Alexandra (Alix) Goss, Executive Director, effective April 18. Goss notified the Board of her decision at its January 22 public meeting.

“The Board has reluctantly accepted Alix’s resignation,” said David F. Simon, Chairman of the Authority. “She was a linchpin of the Authority’s creation and has been central to its progress toward establishing statewide electronic health information exchange, and we will miss her leadership and knowledge.”

The Board has named Kelly Hoover Thompson, currently the Authority’s Chief Counsel and Privacy Officer, to serve as Interim Executive Director following Goss’ departure on April 18.

Thompson has spent more than 15 years working in healthcare law and regulation; as policy and regulatory senior director for a Harrisburg-based healthcare association, she played an integral role in the stakeholder process and development of the Authority and its predecessor entities dating back to 2008. Since arriving at the Authority in early 2014, Thompson has been a leader in the areas of consent management, patient privacy, HIPAA compliance, and alignment of federal and state law. Thompson also is co-founder and co-chair of the Privacy and Security Legal Practice Group in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel.

“The Authority is pleased that Kelly has agreed to take on this interim leadership role,” said Simon. “Her extensive healthcare law experience and her deep involvement in health information exchange before and during her Authority tenure assure a seamless transition of staff leadership as the state’s health information exchange continues to mature and grow.”

Simon praised Goss’ contributions to the Authority and to the establishment of the statewide health information exchange.

“During Alix’s tenure, the Authority established the PA Patient and Provider Network, or P3N, which connects healthcare providers to each other through Authority-certified health information organizations,” said Simon. “Under Alix’s leadership, the Authority has reached a tipping point for statewide exchange, with four HIOs set to exchange data through the P3N by the end of April 2016. The Authority is in discussions with at least two additional HIOs to connect them to the P3N in 2016.”

“Alix also has been instrumental in the development of the state’s Public Health Gateway and the forging of interstate exchange agreements with nearby states,” said Simon. “She has been central to the Authority’s building of a solid foundation supported by a policy, legal, and technical infrastructure and best practices—strengthened by collaboration and critical relationships with stakeholders—to enable better care coordination and increased patient safety. This success will further Pennsylvania’s progress toward achieving the national ‘Triple Aim’ of boosting population health, improving the patient experience, and reducing per capita healthcare costs.”

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