Fridsma Leaving ONC for AMIA

Another high-ranking official is leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, is leaving ONC to become CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the agency announced in a Tweet Monday morning.

Fridsma was ONC’s chief science officer, a position in which he led the divisions responsible for managing the Federal Health Architecture, the Standards & Interoperability Framework, and ONC’s work in the international and innovation communities, according to his ONC biography website.

“The AMIA Board of Directors is delighted Dr. Fridsma will be our new President and CEO as a knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective leader who will ably serve AMIA and our members,” said Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MS, FACMI, chair of the AMIA board of directors, in a press release. “Dr. Fridsma has rich experiences in both academic and government settings where he has focused his energy toward advancing state-of-the-art health informatics technologies.

“As a longtime AMIA member and national leader, he has a keen understanding of the science of informatics as well as the application of informatics to transform care. He brings a well-informed perspective from the practitioner, policymaker, and investigator points-of-view to help define not only what informaticians know, but also what informaticians do to transform care.”

Fridsma is still scheduled to present at AHIMA’s Annual Convention and Exhibit in San Diego, CA, on Monday, September 29. He will be speaking on ONC’s interoperability strategy and also moderating an educational panel discussion.

His resignation follows several other departures from ONC. Joy Pritts, ONC’s top privacy official, and Lygeia Ricciardi, formerly ONC’s director of consumer e-health both resigned in July.

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