SALEM - Gov. Ted Kulongoski has submitted the names of four Umatilla County residents for appointment and reappointment to state boards and commissions.

All of the nominees are subject to Senate confirmation.

Kulongoski has appointed Robert Rizk of Hermiston to the new Health Information Technology Oversight Council. Rizk, director of information services at Good Shepherd Health Care System, is one of 11 members.

"I'm really honored to be able to represent the rural health care environment on this committee," he said.

Rizk said the committee is charged with looking at implementing a statewide health care information plan that would allow physicians access to patients' medical records electronically.

The Health Information Technology Oversight Council also must coordinate public and private efforts to increase adoption of electronic health records, setting technology standards, ensuring privacy and security controls, and creating a sustainable business plan to support meaningful use of health information technology to lower costs and improve quality of care.

Other nominees for new appointments or reappointments to existing boards and commissions are:

?David Krumbein, Pendleton, an instructor at Blue Mountain Community College, Fair Dismissal Appeals Board (reappointment).

?Gary Humphries, Pendleton, a computer instructor at Sunridge Middle School, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (reappointment).

?Raymond Williams, Milton-Freewater, Water Resources Commission, (reappointment).

The Senate will conduct the confirmation committee hearing on Sept. 29 and floor consideration Oct. 1.

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