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Hello Health Bids Farewell to National Coordinator for Health IT

Posted by Barry Holleman on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

Along with a new wave of summer heat, the beginning of August brought the announcement that Farzad Mostashari, M.D., will be stepping down from the national coordinator for health information technology post this fall. Mostashari spent four years with the federal health IT office, first as a deputy national coordinator, then taking over as the National Coordinator in 2011. In a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) staff, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “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. 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.”

Social media has been buzzing ever since the announcement and many are feverishly trying to predict who will fill the shoes of Mostashari come the changing of the seasons. Before he leaves, we at Hello Health wanted to take a moment and thank Mostashari for everything he’s done for Health IT.  As Sebelius made clear in her statement to the HHS, we have come a long way and much of it is due to the man directly in charge.  Below is Mostashari’s e-mail to his ONC colleagues explaining his resignation.

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Topics: health information technology, Farzad Mostashari

EHRs are Truly Magic – Just ask Harry Potter (and Mostashari)

Posted by Martin Pierre Roy on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 07:52 AM

What do EHRs, Meaningful Use and Harry Potter all have in common?  Magic?  Farzad Mostashari, M.D., seems to think so. The national health IT coordinator conjured up visions of the well-known wizard a couple of weeks ago during the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO Forum in Indian Wells, Calif. While explaining how Meaningful Use is meant to incite improvements in quality of care, Mostashari gave an example of how electronic health records are like magic compared to the often inefficient paper charts.  He asked the crowd of healthcare chief information officers to imagine opening a folder in which the paper would come alive for part of the patient’s life: 

 “What if a doctor could conjure up a magical spell and have all the charts of patients with diabetes fly off the shelves, opening to the pages that would show whether or not each person got the recommended care?”  

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Topics: EHR, Electronic health record, Meaningful use, Farzad Mostashari, Harry Potter

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