A new Consumer Advisory Council has been formed to help teach Louisiana residents about using information technology to improve their health.

The council, formed by the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, will support the promotion, advancement and use of health IT tools, such as electronic health records and patient portals.

The council members are: Renee Amar, Health Care Issue Council director/Louisiana Association of Business and Industry; Anastasia Armstrong, executive director/National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southwest Louisiana Chapter; Lynn Clark, executive director/Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana; Julia Mora-Guillot, regional vice president, Quality Systems Improvement/American Heart Association – Baton Rouge; John Guzzardo, executive director/American Diabetes Association – Louisiana; Brenda Hatfield, volunteer state president/AARP Louisiana; David Hylan, director/Deaf Action Center; D’ McCoy, president, Community Healthcare Education Network; Julie Nesbit, president and CEO/Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network; Fred Sibley, board member/Louisiana Men’s Health Organization; Tammy Swindle, executive director/Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans; Jamie Tindle, executive director/Families Helping Families – Greater Baton Rouge; and Kelly Hutson Viator, executive director/ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter and Chair/Louisiana Lifespan Respite Coalition.

For more information, visit www.lhcqf.org.