ONC's Mostashari Announces Departure

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , August 7, 2013

No clear reason or firm date was given for Farzad Mostashari's plan to exit the Office of the National Coordinator. His unexpected move comes at a critical time as HHS grapples with complex issues over the implementation of Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ONC

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The physician leading the federal government's sweeping and aggressive efforts to implement healthcare information technology has announced that he will leave the job this fall.

After four years at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology  and leading the office since 2011, Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, made the unexpected announcement Tuesday in a letter to colleagues.

"It is difficult for me to announce that I am leaving. I don't know what I will be doing after I leave public service, but be assured that I will be by your side as we continue to battle for healthcare transformation, cheering you on," Mostashari wrote.

He declined to say why he was leaving and did not say what he planned to do after leaving the office. Officials at HHS declined to comment on the reasons for his departure.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a statement praising Mostashari's tenure as a "time of great accomplishment."

"Farzad has been an important advisor to me and many of us across the Department. His expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to innovation and health IT will surely be missed. In the short term, he will continue to serve in this role while a search is underway for a replacement," Sebelius said. 

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1 comments on "ONC's Mostashari Announces Departure"

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




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