Deputy named new health IT chief

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 18, 2011

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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on April 8 named Farzad Mostashari, MD, as head of the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dr. Mostashari joined the office in July 2009 as deputy national coordinator for programs and policy. He takes over from David Blumenthal, MD.

Previously, Dr. Mostashari was the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene's assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project. He facilitated the adoption of prevention-oriented health IT by more than 1,500 health professionals in underserved communities, according to HHS. He also worked on quality measurement issues with the city's Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics, among other projects.

Dr. Mostashari did his graduate training at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale Medical School and an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He also was a lead investigator for recent outbreaks of West Nile virus and anthrax in New York City.

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