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Feb 27 2012   4:56PM GMT

Highlights from Mostashari at HIMSS 2012

Posted by: RedaChouffani
Farzad Mostashari, HIMSS 2012, Meaningful use stage 2, ONC

On Thursday Feb. 23, 2012 during Farzad Mostashari’s keynote session, the ONC leader discussed his experience prior to coming into his current position.He went over some of the challenges faced implementing new programs, processes and technologies to assist physicians with improving population health in three different areas of NY.This was during his time with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The results from the initiatives he piloted with physicians were positive, and this encouraged him to push for the similar adoption of HIT to assist with improving our nation’s health care. One of the areas he emphasized as part of the next stage in health IT adoption was the need for more interoperability, an area that will prove to have the most significant impact on improving patient health.

He repeated a few key phase several times, one of which being the need to achieve the “meaningful use of meaningful use”.He also outlined that technology will be a significant player in helping to improve a patient’s health and outcomes. “Tomorrow will be better, cheaper and easier”with technology”, Dr. Mostashari stated.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s NPRM was delivered to the Federal Register on Feb. 22, 2012.This was announced during the HIMSS 2012 town hall meeting. A day later, Dr. Mostashari outlined the overall underlining goals for this stage during his keynote session, highlighting that physicians will have the ability to send and receive documentation, images, and labs electronically.

After his talk, Dr. Mostashari answered several questions submitted to the LinkedIn HIMSS group, with one of the questions being around cloud computing.Dr. Mostashari took the opportunity to discuss how having cloud computing for health organizations will provide scalability and cost reduction industry wide, showing his clear support for and the validity of cloud computing in the health care arena.

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