Health IT interoperability leader Vish Sankaran announced yesterday that he is stepping down from his role as director of the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) program. The FHA, which is managed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is charged with establishing health IT interoperability among federal agencies. Sankaran was appointed director of the FHA program in March 2007.
Sankaran noted in his email, “This was not an easy decision, but it comes at an ideal time for FHA and for me, when FHA is reshaping to fit in with the overarching federal health IT body being formed.” He reflected on the program’s accomplishments thus far, noting that 20 federal agencies came together to develop tools and solutions for health IT interoperability. He pointed to CONNECT, an open source solution that supports both local and national exchange of health information, as one of the program’s significant achievements.
Sankaran did not provide any details as to the reason for his departure from the Federal Health Architecture program, stating only that he is seeking new opportunities. He hopes to remain involved in national health IT efforts.