Farzad Mostashari, M.D.
Why He's an Influencer
As National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Mostashari leads nationwide efforts on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services to implement health IT and the electronic exchange of health information. His office makes recommendations to HHS on standards and policies for healthcare data security and privacy. It drafts rules and regulations and creates programs to carry out many provisions of the HITECH Act, including the Medicare and Medicaid incentive program for electronic health records.
Before assuming his current role in April 2011, Mostashari had served as deputy national coordinator for programs and policy within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Previously, he served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he helped facilitate the adoption of prevention-oriented health information technology by more than 1,500 providers in underserved communities.
Mostashari also formerly led the NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded project focused on quality measurement at the point of care. He established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the NYC Department of Health, which provides epidemiologic and statistical expertise and data for decision making to the health department.
The physician did his graduate training at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was one of the lead investigators in the outbreaks of West Nile Virus and anthrax in New York City, and was among the first developers of real-time electronic disease surveillance systems nationwide.