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ONC's Mostashari Announces Departure

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 7, 2013

In his letter Tuesday to colleagues, Mostashari conceded that "there are formidable challenges still ahead for our community, and for ONC. But none more difficult than what we have already accomplished. In these difficult and challenging times, your work gives us hope that we can still do big things as a country. That government and the private sector working together can do what neither can do alone. We have been pioneers in a new landscape, but that landscape is one changed forever, and for better."

As news of Mostashari's departure spread Tuesday, the paeans rolled in.

"Through Dr. Farzad Mostashari's leadership, we saw the Office of the National Coordinator lead our nation's providers through the first gates of measured, meaningful use of electronic health records, and address in reality those initial standards that make our health information portable across the U.S. healthcare system," College of Healthcare Information Management Executives President/CEO Russell P. Branzell and Chairman George T. Hickman said in a joint statement.


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American Hospital Association senior vice president of policy Linda Fishman issued a statement saying: "We appreciate the hard work of Dr. Mostashari in supporting the adoption of electronic health records and working toward our shared vision. America's hospitals are on a pathway toward a reformed health system that is supported by the use of EHRs. We wish him the best of luck in his next endeavor and we will continue to work collaboratively with HHS to realize our shared vision."  


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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FLPoggio (8/7/2013 at 10:17 AM)
As he departs Dr. M is receiving many accolades, some I am sure are deserved, but I can't help thinking that he is leaving at a personally opportune time. He's pumped this HiTech Certification/MU baby up as the next savior of the heathcare system, yet the real proof of that is still years off. Stage 2 is turning out to be a mess both for providers and vendors seeking certification, and the penalties don't hit for another year and half. The negatives are just beginning, so a good time to leave would seem to be right now and leverage that to bigger and better opportunities. If he cares so much about improving care coordination, as he vividly describes in his staff memo, why give it only 2 years effort?? Frank Poggio The Kelzon Group KelzonGroup.com