Vindell Washington, MD, the newly appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, might be on the job for just a few more months—his service officially ends on Jan. 20, 2017—but he’s determined to ensure that ONC’s health IT initiatives have a positive, lasting legacy.

At a media briefing on Monday, Washington told reporters that his priority as National Coordinator for Health IT is to continue to implement ONC’s Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap as part of the Department of Health and Human Service’s delivery system reform initiative. The public-private roadmap seeks to enable the healthcare industry’s transition from fee-for-service to a value-based payment through the use of interoperable HIT, he said.

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