Members of the healthcare information technology community praised the selection of Dr. Farzad Mostashari as the next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS. Mostashari, who succeeded Dr. David Blumenthal in the position on April 8, previously was deputy national coordinator for programs and policy at the ONC, which he joined in 2009.
Late News: Mostashari succeeds Blumenthal as head of ONC
Blumenthal announced in February that he would step down from his ONC post to return to Harvard University, where he was a healthcare researcher. (Read a final interview with Blumenthal on p. 14.) Before joining the ONC, Mostashari worked for the New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Department as assistant commissioner for the primary-care information project. He also established the department’s bureau of epidemiology services. Dr. Peter Basch, medical director for electronic health records and health IT policy at MedStar Health, Columbia, Md., and a volunteer adviser to ONC, also applauded the choice. “It’s a good pick, but I’d go forward and say it’s the right pick and the best pick,” Basch said. Mostashari, he said, assumes his new role with “credibility within the provider community.”
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