Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mostashari Named New National Health IT Coordinator

Farzad Mostashari was named the new national coordinator for health information technology by Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

One of Mostashari immediate goals will be to issue a final version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015, which will update the health care industries approach to IT privacy and security issues.

Mostashari emphasized the importance of patient data privacy and security as one of his top concerns, when he testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging in the Spring of 2010.
"While there is evidence that certain telehealth applications can improve care and reduce certain unnecessary costs, more information is needed about ... how to assure privacy and security of health information shared through these technologies.." - Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
"I think he’s a problem-solver, someone who brings people together. God knows we need that kind of facilitative, collaborative approach with all that’s going on in healthcare right now, " said Dr. William Bria, CMIO at Shriners Hospitals for Children and president of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS)
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Previously, Mostashari was Assistant Commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There he facilitated the adoption of prevention-oriented health information technology by over 1,500 providers in underserved communities, according to his biography on the ONC site.

Sources:
(a) Farzad Mostashari Named New Head of ONC - Journal AHIMA, April, 8 2011
(b) Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology - Coordinator for Health Information Technology Website, April 2011
(c) Testimony Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Statement of Farzad Mostashari, MD, MPH, - Farzad Mostashari, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, April 22, 2010
(d) Healthcare leaders hail selection of Mostashari to lead ONC - ModernHealthcare.com, April 22, 2010


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