The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is a significant section within the country's operational departments, and interacts with several other important Offices. That organization recently announced a new hire set to join on as the ONC's Chief Medical Officer.
This February, Dr. Thomas Mason will leave the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) for his new role. In a press release from the ONC, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the currently-acting National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, described the achievements of Dr. Mason and what he has to offer in his new position.
Previously, Mason has helped successfully establish an EHR system that included more than 100 participant clinics as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County, Illinois.
His appointment won't just affect the ONC but also the different centers that depend upon its governance. DeSalvo explained some of the responsibilities that Dr. Mason will have when he enters into his new role.
"Tom will lead and champion clinical oversight of ONC programs and clinical coordination within ONC," she said. "He will also regularly engage with physician organizations." She also described Dr. Mason as "a huge champion for advancing a person-centered, interoperable, learning health system that results in better care, better quality and better outcomes for individual, community and population health. He will report directly to me."
This means that health organizations should try and pursue interoperability themselves in order to stay in line with the Office's plans, as likely to be enforced by Mason, DeSalvo and others within important government departments. Healthcare consulting firms make the duties of each practice easier to carry out and will bring medical centers of various sizes closer to compliance.