ONC’s Deputy National Coordinator & Meaningful Use
Healthcare Informatics recently interviewed ONC’s deputy national coordinator, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., regarding the meaningful use movement under the auspices of HITECH. I saw a webcast featuring Mostashari speaking at HIMSS11 and my impression is that this is an individual who is energetic, contemporary, sharp and is passionate about ONC’s mission. Here are takeaways from the article:
Mostashari communicated several principles to serve as a guideline for ONC staffers as they make decisions and take action in the near future.
1. “Eye on the prize,” which is patient centric and not about IT itself.
2. “Feet on the ground”—staying flexible with the constantly changing technology, but at the same time building on what you’ve already got. Mostashari points to HIEs and employing the “simplest set of protocols” to ensure data security. The primary goal of HIEs is to have the information follow the patient. Mostashari feels the uncertainty of HIE models will be lifted in the short term.
3. “Foster innovation” and “use the market.” Creating policy that permits growth and innovation and markets that are competitive.
4. “Watch out for the little guy” when the government uses this market.
5. Everything ONC does should be “open, transparent, and a democratic process” in an attempt to abide by open government principles. Mostashari adds putting the patient at the center should underlie all of these principles.
Dr. Mostashari will be the opening keynote speaker on May 11th at the HCI Executive Summit in San Francisco. More info at www.HCIExecutiveSummit.com.