CHIME Calls For Policy Changes To Improve Data Exchange

Russell Branzell, President & CEO, CHIME

CHIME is urging HHS to extend the concept of certification to the health information exchange marketplace to advance interoperability and improve data flow. In comments submitted Thursday in response to a request for information (RFI) from CMS and ONC, CHIME pushed for a strategy that enables local flexibility, while leading stakeholders in the development of […]

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CHIME Supports ONC’s Patient Safety Plan

George 'Buddy' Hickman, EVP/CIO, Albany Medical Center

In comments submitted to the ONC yesterday, CHIME voiced its support for the agency’s  Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, stating that it agrees with the proposed approach to leverage existing policy levers and programs within HHS, rather than create another federal entity to improve health IT safety. “CHIME applauds ONC’s efforts to conceptualize its […]

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Mostashari Tapped to Lead ONC

Farzad Mostashari, M.D., National Coordinator for Health IT, ONC

Farzad Mostashari, M.D., has been selected as ONC’s new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Mostashari joined ONC in July 2009, serving as the 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. Mostashari replaces […]

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The Next National Coordinator Must Get Real

It appears everyone was surprised by the announcement from ONC HIT Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal that he will be departing his government post to return to academic life. By all accounts he is a great guy and I wish him all the best. I would suggest that when Dr. Blumenthal is replaced, the administration should appoint someone that has a more intimate knowledge of the reality of health care IT operations and what it really takes to achieve healthcare IT objectives.

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Blumenthal Done at ONC

David Blumenthal, M.D., has resigned as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, according to a report from Kaiser Health News. He will leave this spring and return to Harvard University. No word of a successor has been announced.

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