William J. O’Byrne is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC), the organization selected by the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to be the Garden State’s Regional Extension Center (REC) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Mr. O’Byrne is leading the health information evolution by assisting more than 5,000 New Jersey’s medical providers in the transition from paper records to the Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.
Mr. O’Byrne served as the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) State Coordinator for the development, implementation, and deployment of Health Information Technology prior to NJ-HITEC. He also served as the NJ Project Manager of the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), a group of 43 states and territories working together to identify and resolve barriers to interoperable Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). Mr. O’Byrne founded the NJ DOBI HIPAA/HINT Task Force to facilitate the smooth transition of the National Provider Identifiers and the new 5010 and ICD-10 HIPAA Transaction and Code Sets. He began his career at the DOBI in 1994 where he drafted many significant administrative rules and decisions relating to automobile insurance.
Mr. O’Byrne currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), New Jersey Chapter and as a Commissioner on the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).
Mr. O’Byrne is a graduate of Seton Hall University and School of Law and began his career in 1970 as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps serving in Vietnam with with the 1st Marine Division. After he left the military in 1974, he successfully worked in many fields including the private practice of law, teaching law, and as corporate counsel.