Business & Finance
News
9/20/2006
06:20 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

U.S. Government Names New Interim Health IT Czar

The national coordinator of health IT is a subcabinet position that was created by executive order in 2004 by President Bush. That year, Bush also set out the goal for most Americans to have electronic health records by 2014.

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday named a new interim health IT czar to fill a position that's been vacant since April.

Dr. Robert Kolodner was named interim National Coordinator For Health Information Technology, succeeding Dr. David Brailer, who resigned from the post last spring, citing family reasons, including the weekly commute he made for two years from his home in San Francisco to HHS offices in Washington, D.C.

Kolodner already has experience in government health matters. He comes from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he has been serving as chief health informatics officer, according to an HHS statement. At the VHA, Kolodner has been involved with the oversight and development of My HealtheVet and VistA -- the VA's electronic health records systems

By contrast, prior to being named the nation's first health IT coordinator in 2004, Brailer, a medical doctor, spent years in the private health-IT sector, including CEO and chairman posts at health-care management company CareScience.

The national coordinator of health IT is a sub-cabinet position that was created by executive order in 2004 by President Bush. That year, Bush also set out the goal for most Americans to have electronic health records by 2014.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014
InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and trends on InformationWeek.com
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.