Doug Fridsma, M.D., chief science officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is leaving the post in November to become president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Fridsma has been a major force at ONC during the past four years, particularly in the areas of standards development and interoperability, and moving development of a nationwide health information network to a public-private partnership. He also served for a time on the Health IT Standards Committee, a federal advisory body, before moving to ONC. He presently serves as a board member of Health Level Seven International and the National e-Health Collaborative.

In late March, Fridsma helped launch a new CMS-ONC Clinical Quality Framework (CQF) initiative to harmonize standards for clinical decision support (CDS) and electronic clinical quality measurement (eCQM). One of the primary goals of the CQF initiative is to relieve the implementation burden on vendors and providers who are adhering to different standards and find it difficult to share logic between eCQMs and CDS rules.

When it comes to electronic health records, speaking at an April 24 Health IT Standards Committee meeting in Washington, Fridsma said that "the only standards that you never update are the standards that you never use," making the case that it is critical to support the successes of Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2 and then "begin to look at how to expand our [standards] portfolio." 

An internal medicine physician, Fridsma completed medical training at the University of Michigan in 1990 and practiced at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He received a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from Stanford University in 2003.

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