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National HIT coordinator Mostashari to step down

August 6, 2013
by Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Informatics
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According to news sources, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will be stepping down this fall. Industry sources reported on August 6 that Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), wrote the following in an e-mail to HHS staff members:

“Farzad has been a leader in the Office of the National coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) for the last four years. Farzad joined the office in 2009 as Principal Deputy National Coordinator and took over as the National Coordinator in 2011. During his tenure,” Sebelius wrote, “ONC has been at the forefront of the designing and implementing a number of initiatives to promote the adoption of health IT among healthcare providers. Farzad has seen through the successful design and implementation of ONC’s HITECH programs; 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.

Dr. Mostashari tweeted the following message at approximately 11 AM eastern time: “It’s true ‘@Cascadia: New era coming as @Farzad_ONC announces he is leaving @ONC_HealhtIT.” Some reports indicated that Mostashari was leaving public service altogether.