Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Discussion with Deputy National Coordinator Mostashari

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM serves as Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy within the ONC. I spoke with him after his presentation at the NextGen Users Group meeting in sunny Orlando, Florida (while the snow was actually starting to fall back home :-) Watch below as he talks about continuing development of standards and certification criteria and more:

Previously, Farzad served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Assistant Commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he facilitated the adoption of prevention-oriented health information technology by over 1,500 providers in underserved communities. Dr. Mostashari also led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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. Prior to this he established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the NYC Department of Health, charged with providing epidemiologic and statistical expertise and data for decision making to the health department.

He did his graduate training at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale Medical School, internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. He was one of the lead investigators in the outbreaks of West Nile Virus and anthrax in New York City, and among the first developers of real-time electronic disease surveillance systems nationwide.


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