Farzad Mostashari

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HIMSS13: Athenahealth Issues HIT Industry ‘Code Of Conduct’

Press Release | athenahealth | March 4, 2013

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HIMSS14: Annual Conference and Exhibit Opening with Open Source Session

The 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition opens today in Orlando, FL. (February 23-27).  The more than 37,000 attendees can notice an important and growing breakthrough for the health IT industry.  For the first time, HIMSS invited OSEHRA to hold a four hour session today beginning at 12:45 pm, Convention Center 203C.  The day’s formal OSEHRA session, among the traditional industry businesses, marks a breakthrough recognition for the emerging benefits and impacts that open source solutions and their many new models of business are generating around the globe. 

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HIMSS14: Open Health Presentations at Annual Health IT Conference

As we outlined in our earlier article, "HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibit Opening with Open Source," open source software as well as collaboration and interoperability in health information technology (HIT) has reached break out levels and the HIMSS conference in Orlando, Florida. Below are some of the conference presentations related to open health. Note the large number of presentations the award-winning VistA EHR developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its derivative RPMS developed by the Indian Health Service (IHS). Read More »

How Health IT Benefits From Obama's Re-election

Ken Terry | InformationWeek | November 8, 2012

The day after President Obama was re-elected and Democrats held onto control of the U.S. Senate, the future looked bright to folks in the health IT field. Read More »

Improved Interoperability Needed To Fulfill Health IT's Promise

Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | January 8, 2013

Health IT has failed to live up to its promise so far, largely because it's not interconnected or easy to use, and because providers have not made changes in the way they deliver healthcare services to reap its benefits, according to Arthur Kellerman, M.D., a policy analyst with RAND Corp., who writes in this month's Health Affairs. Read More »

Industry Welcomes DeSalvo To ONC

Erin McCann | Government Health IT | December 20, 2013

Karen DeSalvo, MD, current health commissioner of New Orleans, will be taking the ONC reins Jan. 13, replacing acting national coordinator Jacob Reider. She is the first woman to serve in this role. Read More »

Is an EHR backlash brewing?

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | February 19, 2013

#EHRbacklash was born as EHRs, vendors, and the meaningful use incentive program are under perhaps as much fire as they’ve faced yet. On Tuesday, in fact, Black Book Rankings managing partner Doug Brown essentially struck at all three by saying that “meaningful use incentives created an artificial market for dozens of immature EHR products,” a scenario that may trigger “the year of the great EHR switch,” in 2013. Read More »

Is HIT Interoperability In The Nature Of Healthcare?

Edmund Billings | Medsphere | February 12, 2013

The proprietary business model makes the vendor the single source of HIT for hospital clients. Complexity and dependence are baked into both solutions and client relationships, creating a “vendor lock” scenario in which changing systems seems almost inconceivable.
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Legislators: Expand EHR Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors

Dan Bowman | FierceEMR | July 19, 2013

In a recent letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, House legislators call for the expansion of the physician self-referral law exception and anti-kickback statute safe harbor for electronic health records. Read More »

Mostashari Defends Vendor Fee Proposal

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | April 17, 2013

The U.S. National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, outlined his ideas for a proposed vendor fee at a committee meeting Wednesday, arguing that “having an assured funding base” for the agency’s certification program “would reduce uncertainty for the industry.” Read More »

Mostashari Experiences Blue Button In Action

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | December 11, 2012

Most everyone in health IT circles has heard about the Blue Button feature to download personal health information. But as Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national health IT coordinator, found out, you’ve got to see it to appreciate it. Read More »

Mostashari Praises iBlueButton

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | January 4, 2012

Almost everyone in the healthcare IT world, and beyond, has heard of Blue Button, a federal program designed for, initially, veterans, and now Medicare beneficiaries, to download their electronic health records (EHRs). But, now there's something new to add to that growing trend: the iBlueButton app. Read More »

Mostashari Says ONC Using Every Lever To Advance Exchange

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | March 21, 2013

Today in the third of three hearings held by subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Farzad Mostashari, MD, national coordinator for health IT reassured a congressional panel that health IT interoperability will take some dramatic leaps forward within the next two years. Read More »

Mostashari Talks 'Human Toll' Of Broken Health System

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | March 7, 2013

During the Thursday morning keynote at HIMSS13, the national coordinator for health IT, Farzad Mostashari, MD focused on the nation's broken healthcare system, while delving into a range of topics. Read More »

Mostashari To EHR Makers: Be 'Moral And Right' Or Else

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | February 7, 2013

Mostashari said that some vendors go beyond the boundaries of what society views as proper, in their lack of opaque pricing. He said he gets complaints from providers on a daily basis, saying that some pricing or contract requirements are unfair to them, and asking if there could be some federally regulated norms around pricing. Read More »