Farzad Mostashari Named New Head of ONC

Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius has named Farzad Mostashari the new national coordinator for health information technology, effective today. He replaces David Blumenthal, who announced he would leave office earlier this spring.

Mostashari, MD, ScM, joined the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in July 2009, serving as deputy national coordinator for programs and policy. Previously he served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he facilitated the adoption of prevention-oriented health IT by over 1,500 providers in underserved communities, according to the ONC Web site. Mostashari also led the NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mostashari becomes the fourth person to hold the position, which was created in 2004. Blumenthal served from March 2009. He was preceded by Robert Kolodner and David Brailer, the first ONC director.

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