- National Coordinator Submits Resignation. On Aug. 6, Farzad Mostashari announced his resignation as National Coordinator for Health IT, effective Oct. 4. Principal Deputy National Coordinator David Muntz also announced his resignation in September. Jacob Reider is serving as acting national coordinator, and Lisa Lewis is serving as acting principal deputy national coordinator until permanent replacements are announced.
- ONC, AHRQ Release Health IT Safety Plan. On July 2, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, published a final version of its Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan. The plan addresses the role of health IT within HHS' commitment to patient safety and builds upon the recommendations made in the 2011 Institute of Medicine report, "Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care." The plan has two related objectives: (i) use health IT to make care safer; and (ii) continuously improve the safety of health IT.
- ONC Releases Health IT Strategic Plan Progress Report. In June, ONC released a progress report highlighting key steps the federal government has taken to implement the five strategic goals of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-15: (i) achieve adoption and information exchange through meaningful use of health IT; (ii) improve care, improve population health and reduce health care costs through the use of health IT; (iii) inspire confidence and trust in health IT; (iv) empower individuals with health IT to improve their health and the health care system; and (v) achieve rapid learning and technology advancement.