Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mostashari, ONC Chief, to Step Down

Farzad Mostashari, who has been with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology(ONC)for four years, and has been National Coordinator since 2011, will step down this fall.

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, made the announcement and said "Farzad has seen through the successful design and implementation of ONC's HITECH programs, which provide health IT training and guidance to communities and providers; linked the meaningful use of electronic health records to population health goals; and laid a strong foundation for increasing the interoperability of health records — all while ensuring the ultimate focus remains on patients and their families."

"During his tenure, ONC has been at the forefront of designing and implementing a number of initiatives to promote the adoption of health IT among health care providers."
- Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius
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Sources:
(a) Mostashari to Step Down - Healthcare IT News, 08/06/2013

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