About Us


ClearHealth Quality Institute’s (CHQI) mission is to improve the health insurance and provider systems of care by creating best practice accreditation programs and other compliance solutions. Founded upon the principles of accountability, integrity, and quality, the goal of these initiatives is to create programs that benefit consumers, regulators, payers, providers, and others.


Garry Carneal, JD, MA
Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Garry Carneal, JD, MA, is a leading expert in health care. He has researched, written and published extensively on quality, medical management, information technology and regulatory trends. He has established a track record helping trade associations, accreditation organizations, and other health-related businesses scale-up nationally. During his career, Mr. Carneal has brought to market over 20 accreditation programs that have been recognized by 45 states and three federal agencies.

Mr. Carneal is both the founder and CEO of Schooner Strategies, a healthcare-focused consulting firm and co-founder of RegQuest, an online regulatory compliance resource.  He also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to The Kennedy Forum, Board Chair for RadSite which provides cost-effective and simple-to-use accreditation programs in advanced diagnostic imaging and on several committees for the Case Management Society of America.

Mr. Carneal received an undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, a master’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Eliot Siegel, MD
Chief Information Officer

Dr. Siegel is an internationally recognized radiologist who serves as professor and vice chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, as well as chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System, both in Baltimore, MD.

As Chief Information Officer, Dr. Siegel helps oversee all aspects of CHQI’s technology solutions and provides guidance for all accreditation programs and internal quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Siegel has written over 200 articles and book chapters about PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) and digital imaging, and has edited six books on the topic, including Filmless Radiology and Security Issues in the Digital Medical Enterprise. He has presented more than 1,000 times worldwide on a broad range of topics involving the use of computers in medicine. He was named Researcher of the Year, Educator of the Year, and received multiple awards for innovation, including the Smithsonian Award.

Keith Lowey, CPA

Keith Lowey is a principal of Verdolino & Lowey, P.C. a leading, experienced full-service accounting firm located in Foxboro, MA.  He joined the firm as a Principal in 1990.

Lowey is experienced in business development; accounting and consulting services; business advisory services; and bankruptcy matters including taxation, valuation and insolvency. He has been employed as an accountant for Chapter 7 and 11 Trustees, Examiners, Debtors and Creditors’ Committees; Examiner; and has testified as an expert witness in hundreds of cases.

Lowey has been in public and private practice in the accounting field for 24 years.


Board of Directors

CHQI’s Board of Directors constitutes the governance arm that  drives CHQI’s business and operational decisions concerning the following:

The Board of Directors is responsible for the appointment of all committees, their membership, and scope of work. Additionally, the Board conducts annual reviews of policies and procedures covering all aspects of CHQI operations. The Board can use this information to change existing policies to ensure the continuity of operations and to adapt to new challenges and opportunities.

Standards Committees

The CHQI Standards Committees draft quality standards through a consensus driven process. The CHQI Board of Directors typically appoints a new Standards Committee for each program whose members represent a cross section of perspectives that includes all relevant stakeholders such as providers, regulators, payers, consumers, manufacturers and others.

Currently, CHQI is working on a Parity Accreditation Program. If you are interested in volunteering for the Parity Standards Committee, contact Julie Irons at (410) 696-7634 or info@ClearHealthQI.com.

Accreditation Committees

The CHQI Accreditation Committees conduct the reviews of ‘blinded’ applications for accreditation as defined in the designated accreditation program. Accreditation Committees also review any initial appeals received following adverse decisions relevant to a submitted application.

Currently, CHQI is working with two Accreditation Committees, one for insurance-related accreditation programs, and the other for provider-related accreditation programs. Accreditation Committee Members for a program represent a cross section of perspectives that includes all relevant actors, such as providers, regulators, payers, consumers, manufacturers and others.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of CHQI’s Accreditation Committees, contact Julie Irons at (410) 696-7634 or