The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced that Thomas Mason, M.D., will be joining ONC as its new Chief Medical Officer, effective February 23.
In this role, Mason will lead clinical oversight and coordination of ONC programs, as well as engage regularly with physician organizations. A board certified internist with 14 years of experience in primary care and preventative medicine, he has led the implementation of multiple EHR systems and also has more than 10 years of additional experience and training in the principles of public health and population medicine.
Tom, as am I, is a huge champion for advancing a person-centered, interoperable, learning health system that results in better care, better quality and better outcomes for individual, community and population health, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., wrote in a Jan. 28 email to ONC staff.
Mason, who will report directly to DeSalvo, comes to ONC from the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicagothe third largest public hospital system in the countrywhere he is currently the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the Ambulatory and Community Health Network. At Cook County, he has led the implementation of an outpatient EHR system consisting of 16 primary care health centers and 110 specialty care clinics staffed by more than 600 physicians and serving more than 200,000 patients a year.
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