Friday, April 8, 2011
Dr. Farzad Mostashari Appointment as National Coordinator for Health IT
08 April 2011
HIMSS Statement on Dr. Farzad Mostashari Appointment as National Coordinator for Health IT
We are pleased that Dr. Farzad Mostashari has been appointed as the new National Coordinator for Health IT, replacing Dr. David Blumenthal who is returning to academia. HIMSS notes Dr. Mostashari’s leadership on a number of issues, including provider adoption and associated certification requirements, interoperability and health information exchange, and efforts to engage all communities in driving the innovation that is necessary for transforming healthcare, and we are very comfortable with the directions he advocates. The announcement of his elevation to National Coordinator is timely, given the recent release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015. We look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Mostashari and the entire ONC team to leverage the goals and objectives identified in the Strategic Plan to address the ongoing transformation of healthcare using information technology.
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