Margaret E. O’Kane
Organization: National Committee for Quality Assurance
Years in HIT: 27
Previous Positions: Respiratory therapist.
O’Kane has served as president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance since 1990. She was named Health Person of the Year in 1996 by the Journal of Medicine and Health. She received a 1997 Founder’s Award from The American College of Medical Quality, recognizing NCQA’s efforts to improve managed care quality.
Impact on HIT: Under O’Kane’s leadership, NCQA developed HEDIS to measure quality. HEDIS is widely used to shape health IT incentives, including meaningful use and measures under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.