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April 19, 2007

Robert M. Kolodner, MD to head the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at HHS

Dr. Kolodner has served in the interim as National Coordinator since September, 2006.

Dr. Kolodner joined HHS from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA), where he was Chief Health Informatics Officer.  In that role, he was chief advisor to the VA’s Under Secretary for Health on information technology issues and oversaw the development of the VA’s renowned electronic health record, VistA .  Dr. Kolodner’s long-standing interest in computers and his training as a psychiatrist led to his early involvement with VA’s efforts to use automation in support of mental health care and subsequently his leadership in coordinating clinical record access across al clinical disciplines.

There are many who are hoping that VistA will be adopted by the private sector.

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