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People on the Move

New York, Jun 29, 2007

People on the Move spotlights trailblazers in standardization, highlighting their latest achievements, advancements, and contributions to the standards community.

Dr. John D. Halamka, chair of the ANSI-administered Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) was recently highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article for adopting “virtualization” software at the Beth Israel Deaconess hospital.

Virtualization software can reduce the number of servers needed to run the hospital's software applications by making individual servers act more efficiently. The technology also allows software applications to be more easily shifted to other computers, instead of being tied to just one machine.

A pioneer in various health IT initiatives, Dr. Halamka is leading the HITSP in its charge to achieve consensus-based standards that will enable widespread interoperability within a shared health information network for the United States. Operating under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the panel delivered its first set of formal recommendations last October.

Hilary Styron, director of the National Organization on Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI), has been appointed to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC). Ms. Styron will sit on the council representing disability issues in the context of emergency preparedness.

Ms. Styron also serves as a steering committee member of the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP), which works to identify, promote and accelerate the adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security.

Launched after September 11, 2001, to address disability concerns in planning, response, and recovery of emergency preparedness, the EPI works to educate audiences on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. During Hurricane Katrina, EPI deployed special needs assessment teams to evaluate mass shelter operations and the impact on special needs communities.

Robert Zoellick was unanimously selected by the World Bank's board as the eleventh President of the Bank. Mr. Zoellick will serve a five-year term, effective July 1, 2007. Owned by 184 national members, the institution deploys financial and technical assistance to developing countries.

In his new role, Mr. Zoellick will address various challenges including the development of a long-term strategy for the Bank Group; over the next few years he will need to encourage member countries to contribute nearly $30 billion to fund a centerpiece bank program that provides interest-free loans to the world's poorest countries.

Mr. Zoellick brings years of experience in foreign and economic policy to the World Bank. He was previously vice chairman, international, of Goldman Sachs Group, and a managing director and chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Board of International Advisors. He has also held senior positions in successive U.S. administrations, including Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Trade Representative.

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