Farzad Mostashari to Leave ONC

Posted on August 6, 2013 I Written By

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The bow tie era of ONC is coming to an end. Farzad just confirmed on Twitter that he will be leaving ONC. There are no details yet on when he’ll leave or where he’s going.

Farzad has been tweeting a number of responses to people with his thoughts on leaving ONC.

I once heard Farzad talk about wanting to help the healthcare providers who were taking care of his parents, but there was a divide that made it hard for him to help. That’s why he was so passionate about having patients as part of the care process.

I wonder what’s next for Farzad. I’m sure many healthcare companies would love to have him.

The shoes can be filled, but the bow tie cannot.

I imagine this is the best part of the job of National Coordinator. Definitely are under appreciated. I think I can name 2 other people in ONC and I live this stuff every day.

Then, Farzad also retweeted this tweet which shows what a great sense of humor he has:

Farzad has been a great public servant. He’s mixed an enthusiastic passion for the future of healthcare IT with a pragmatic understanding of the challenges we face. Many have called him a health IT cheerleader, and he’s done that well. However, his deeper vision of what matters is going to be far more value to healthcare IT than any cheerleading he’s done.

Update: Here are some of the various statements that people are making about Farzad’s departure:
CHIME Statement
HIMSS Statement