Health Data Management asked a few CIOs for their thoughts upon learning that Dr. Farzad Mostashari will leave his post this fall as national coordinator for health information technology and got a couple responses:

Todd Richardson, VP/CIO, Aspirus Inc., Wausau, Wis.

“Any time that you are deep in the trenches of a project or initiative, a significant change or ‘disturbance in the force’ is not a welcome sign. I wouldn’t want to speculate on the reasoning behind Farzad’s decision to step-down, but I certainly respect anyone’s decision to make a change. I can’t imagine the demand that this position had on him, though from the outside he always maintained the “Glass is totally full” persona. While I may not have been in agreement with his take on a number of issues, I certainly appreciate the candor and energy that he brought to his position. It was actually quite refreshing to see this approach from someone inside the beltway. 

“Regardless of the change, the show must go on, and those of us in the trenches will continue to do what we need to do to get our work done. I have no idea who may be lining up to replace Farzad, but will certainly wish them all the luck in the world as they assume a huge challenge.”

Debe Gash, CIO, Saint Luke’s Health System, Kansas City, Mo.

“Overall his leadership has brought the industry through the initial phase of meaningful use which is a great accomplishment. There is still a significant amount of work to do and it will be challenging to find a replacement that brings the same level of experience and understanding of the challenges facing the provider community. 

“Whoever takes over will have to address interoperability standards and usability. It will be interesting to see what can be accomplished in the next two years as physicians and hospitals pursue the Stage 2 requirements.”

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