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New ONC Coordinator – Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Posted on December 19, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today it was announced that Dr. Karen DeSalvo would be the replacement to the beloved Former National Coordinator for Health IT, Farzad Mostashari. It seems that Dr. DeSalvo has an interesting history currently working as Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans and Senior Health Policy Advisor to the New Orleans Mayor. She also has served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Crescent City Beacon Community grant.

I love Jacob Reider’s note to his ONC colleagues after serving as Acting National Coordinator:

I have been honored to serve as your Acting National Coordinator. Every minute has been inspiring, educational, and energizing. Both Lisa and I appreciate all of the support each and every one of you have given us and will give to Karen. The work of “team ONC” is a product of every team member contributing as much as we can toward our shared goals. As the baseball fans among you may recall, David Murphy, an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, was called upon to pitch in a game against the Red Sox last Summer. Like Murphy’s experience, our success has been a product of the team’s hard work and support rather than my personal achievements as your leader. As my tenure as your National Coordinator is now drawing to a close, I will return to the outfield where I am proud to serve as your Chief Medical Officer, and continue to work hard with you. We have a great team, great mission-driven people, and an incredible opportunity to change our world for the better.

I think the ONC is a great team that has the right ambitions and goals. Karen certainly has a tough act to follow. Plus, health IT is entering a new era in its history. I wish her the best of luck as she takes on this challenging position.

Farzad Mostashari to Leave ONC

Posted on August 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

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