ONC Coordinators Plenary Panel

For the first time all four past National Coordinators for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology appear on one panel. Government investments in Health IT and workforce training have shifted. What is next? What went wrong? What needs to happen in the next 5 years? What should ONC do about interoperability? Plus Q&A session from attendees.

Moderator: Douglas J. Peddicord, PhD, AMIA Policy Consultant; Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations

Saturday, February 1, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

David-Blumenthal-ihealth-panelDavid Blumenthal, MD, MPP
President, The Commonwealth Fund

Dr. Blumenthal is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. He is also chairman of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, with the charge to build an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. He succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the nation has ever made in such a short time period, in health care or any other field.

David-Brailer-ihealth-panelDavid Brailer, MD
CEO, Health Evolution Partners

Dr. Brailer is CEO of Health Evolution Partners, a healthcare private equity firm based in San Francisco. Prior to assuming this role, Brailer was appointed the first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in May 2004. In this position, Brailer built the effort to bring the United States healthcare system into the information age. He led a bipartisan effort that moved the system toward transparency, quality and efficiency.

Robert-Kolodner-ihealth-panelRobert Kolodner, MD, FACMI, LFAPA
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, ViTel Net and Chief Health Informatics Officer, Open Health Tools

Dr. Robert Kolodner leads ViTel Net, a clinician-based telehealth and mobile health services company. After more than three decades of government service, Kolodner joined the vendor community in May 2013. Kolodner is a former national coordinator for health IT and national informatics leader for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) promoting the technology and overseeing the launch of My HealtheVet, VA’s personal health record for veterans. ViTel Net offers several kinds of telehealth technologies, including mobile telemedicine kits for first responders, mobile patient monitoring, online patient visits and traditional telemedicine service between fixed points.

Farzad-Mostashari-ihealth-panelFarzad Mostashari, MD, ScM
Visiting Fellow, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution

Dr. Mostashari’s work covers a range of topics related to helping clinicians improve care and patient health through health IT, focusing on small practice transformation by developing innovative payment models that can better support these types of practices. This work will include expanding the reach of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Learning Network, a Brookings-Dartmouth project that provides participating organizations the tools necessary to successfully implement accountable care.

From 2009 – 2013, Dr. Mostashari oversaw the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to his role at ONC, Mostashari was assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Project at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He facilitated the adoption of prevention-oriented health information technology by more than 1,500 providers in underserved communities. He also led the Center for Disease Control and Prevention funded NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded project focused on quality measurement at the point of care.

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