The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced that Michael McCoy, M.D., will become ONC’s first chief health information officer, effective Jan. 26.

“In this new role, Mike will lead development of ONC clinical policy for standards and regulatory matters to help ensure ONC initiatives improve health beyond health care,” National HIT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., told staff members in an email. Reporting directly to DeSalvo, McCoy also will be the lead clinical subject matter expert on interoperability.

What that means is he will be bringing a clinical perspective to regulations governing electronic health records meaningful use and certification, Medicare payment policies and ongoing federal interoperability and HIT strategic plans with a focus on whether policy changes may lead to better healthcare.

McCoy has extensive experience over more than 30 years in clinical practice, the health information technology vendor arena, and in multiple standards development forums, particularly the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise initiative.

He presently is CEO at Physician Technology Services Inc., a Lawrenceville, Ga.-based consultancy, was a practicing OB/GYN physician for more than two decades, and served as chief medical information officer at Catholic Health East-Trinity Health and at Promina Gwinnet Hospital System, according to his LinkedIn profile.

McCoy also has experience in executive level positions for HIT vendors digiChart, Xerox-ACS Healthcare Solutions, Allscripts and Eclipsys.

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