On Friday, Politico broke the story that Donald W. Rucker, M.D., has been named the new national coordinator for health information technology. Rucker is the first head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Trump administration.
His appointment carried no official announcement and did not require Senate confirmation. As of Monday afternoon, the ONC website did not have him listed under their leadership bios page. Continue reading
On Thursday, the federal government announced the promotion of Vindell Washington to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – the top government job in health IT.
Washington replaces Karen DeSalvo, who will continue on as acting assistant secretary for health at the HHS. Washington moves up from his job as principal deputy national coordinator at the Office of the National Coordination (ONC) for Health IT.
Prior to joining the ONC in January, Washington was chief medical information officer at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) in Baton Rouge, La. He led the early adoption of health IT and medical device data integration in the five-hospital system’s electronic health record (EHR), according to his bio. Continue reading