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Former government health tech chief joins open-source consortium

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 26, 2009

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Robert Kolodner, MD, former head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has joined the open-source consortium Open Health Tools as its chief information officer.

The Asheville, N.C.-based operation is a community of groups and corporations focused on advancing open-source health IT systems by developing tools that support interoperability. Large corporations such as IBM, Misys and Oracle belong to OHT. So does the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, which developed VistA, the most widely used open-source EMR systems.

Dr. Kolodner stepped down from the ONC earlier this year after serving as both the interim and permanent head since 2006. Before his work at the ONC, he worked in medical informatics at VHA for more than 20 years, and was involved in the development and oversight of VistA.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/10/26/bibf1026.htm.

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