HealthcareITNews recently reported that a major member of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Doug Fridsma, will no longer serve as chief scientist. He has been involved with health IT policy since 2005 at least and is reportedly leaving the organization to serve as CEO for the American Medical Informatics Association.
Dr. Fridsma has been a key proponent of furthering meaningful use standards and making sure the changing health standards are successful. He is also heavily associated with interoperability, a key part of the strategy for promoting successful health exchanges.
Multiple media outlets have connected Fridsma's resignation with the recent departure of other important figures in government healthcare, including Dr. Farzad Mostashari, who left his position as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last October.
However, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Mostashari's successor, has praised Fridsma's tenure and recently discussed his achievements in an email sent to the ONC and quoted by the source.
"Doug's signature accomplishment, undoubtedly, is the creation of the Standards & Interoperability Framework," she said. "Through that program, ONC has engaged the health IT community in an open and transparent process, solving critical challenges that help improve the sharing and use of electronic health information across the health care system."
Fridsma will transition into his new role at AMIA this November. Other ONC employees that left this year include Joy Pritts and Lygeia Ricciardi, who both left their respective positions in July and had served a combined six years between them.
Because of this change, there's a chance it's a good time for practitioners to review their own approach to interoperability with the right medical litigation support.