Being honored at a dinner that ended the 12th Annual HIMSS Policy Summit in Washington on Sept. 18, Dr. Farzad Mostashari finally explained why he is leaving as national coordinator for health information technology on October 5. Looking toward his wife, he said, “I listened to my heart and there she is standing in the front row.”

He’s also worried that his daughter, 11 years old now, will be 14 when the Obama Administration ends and won’t want to hang around her father. Asked what his next career step is, Mostashari said, “I honest-to-goodness do not know what I’m going to be doing in my career.” He figures taking a day or two off after Oct. 5 and then start beating the bushes and finding out what opportunities are available.

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