Farzad Mostashari stepped down from his post at the Office of the National Coordinator for IT (ONC) on October 5th. Dr. Mostashari first joined ONC in 2009 and took over as national coordinator in 2011. He has since increased federal efforts to boost patient engagement and improved health care through the establishment of Meaningful use standards and adoption of electronic health records in hospitals throughout the nation. Dr. Mostashari also spearheaded “the successful design and implementation of ONC’s HITECH programs,” according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. These programs built the foundation for widespread and interconnected electronic health care delivery. Dr. Mostashari also empowered innovation by challenges, such as the Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge, which featured existing technologies that aid in self-management of behavioral health disorders and increase patient access to care. He has not yet announced his official post-ONC plans.
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