Dr. Farzad Mostashari, MD — Named as New National Coordinator for Health IT

Farzad Mostashari, MD has been named by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The appointment takes effect April 8, according to an HHS announcement.

Dr Mostashari joined the Office of the National Coordinator in 2009 as the deputy national coordinator for programs and policy. Prior to that, he served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as the Assistant Commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he facilitated the adoption of health information technology by 1,500 providers. He trained at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. He established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the NYC Department of Health. He was one of the lead investigators in the outbreaks of West Nile Virus and anthrax in New York City, and one of the first developers of real-time electronic disease surveillance systems in the US.


One response to "Dr. Farzad Mostashari, MD — Named as New National Coordinator for Health IT"
  • October 29, 2012
    Keith Ironside Jr., M.D., FAASM

    Dr Farzad Mostashari asked the rhetorical question about, “what happened to the sacred professional bond between physician and patient?” Moses Maimonides, physician/rabbi said (1204ce) that when people and institutions get into that existential space, that is a great immorality. Hold up ten fingers, you will be able to think of at least one of these immoralities for each finger! (Medicare, Medicaid, lawyers, insurance companies, medical boards, politicians, bureaucrats, Stark law, religions. And it was F. A. Hayek who wrote, (The Road to Serfdom) that certain “isms” destroy character. Doctors are forced to live in the transactional space, of socialism. When external forces in the environment change behavior and then capabilities, Belief, identity and spirit can become captive in another system. As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and they is us!” Moses Maimonides wrote, “Show me only the man.”
    Keith Ironside Jr., M.D.

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