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Digital Health Records Czar: HHS Has ‘Fire in the Belly’ on Guidelines

ONC Director Farzard Mostashari, Photo: healthit.hhs.gov

For the Health and Human Services Department’s digital-health-records czar, Farzad Mostashari, innovation is the name of the game.

Mostashari, who was elevated to the top health IT position in the spring, spoke with GovernmentHealthIT.com as part of the Government Health IT Conference last week.

Electronic health records are creating more and more electronic information and we’re creating more and more liquidity with that information,” Mostashari said. He added the “innovation potential” encompasses both EHR systems and the myriad different applications to support them.

On the question of whether the administration’s push on EHRs was adding another regulatory burden, Mostashari said the Office of National Coordinator for health IT, which he heads, is focused on aligning its programs “minimize the burden, but also maximize the signal to providers.”

He added: “What we are asking them to do is nothing less than put in place structures that provide higher quality, more efficiency for care at higher value. Everything we do has to be aligned with that goal.”

Mostashari said HHS has “the fire in the belly” to align meaningful-use guidelines with delivering better healthcare.

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