There were two significant personnel announcements from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this week: Vindell Washington, MD, will become the Principal Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT on January 25; and, Michael J. McCoy, MD, ONC’s Chief Health Information Officer, announced that he was leaving and returning to the private sector at the end of the month.
Dr. Washington brings additional health system and provider insight to the ONC team, and will serve as an advisor to Dr. DeSalvo. Prior to arriving at ONC, Dr. Washington was the President of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) Medical Group in Louisiana; serving as the health system’s Chief Medical Information Officer. At FMOLHS, Dr. Washington led over 500 physicians, advanced practitioners, and 1,400 employees in more than 70 care locations, with a focus on transforming ambulatory care delivery models. In addition, Dr. Washington was also the senior accountable executive for IT, and led the health system to become an early adopter of technology, including electronic health records and the widespread deployment of clinical decision support within the provider documentation workflow.
At ONC, Dr. McCoy was a key member in many of ONC’s efforts and initiatives that further the Administration-wide goals of improved interoperability and healthcare delivery system reform. He leveraged his insight into health IT issues from the viewpoint of a physician to inform the development of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, the 2015 Certification Rule, and the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. Dr. McCoy regularly represented ONC with key stakeholder groups, helping to demonstrate ONC’s commitment of outreach to the stakeholder community.
We appreciate Dr. McCoy’s contribution to the national policy discussion, and look forward to his final speaking opportunity with HIMSS at the 2016 Connectathon in Cleveland next week.
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