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Dr. Robert Kolodner Appointed to Coordinate Nationwide Health Information Network

New York, Sep 22, 2006

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Kolodner to the post of Interim National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The position was created by executive order in 2004 in support of President George W. Bush’s goal to establish the widespread adoption of electronic healthcare records within ten years. Dr. Kolodner assumes the post vacated by Dr. David Brailer, who resigned from the seat last April.

Dr. Kolodner will lead the award and administration of several HHS contracts supporting the development of the interoperable, standards-based nationwide health information network (NHIN).

“He joins us at a time when we are making steady progress in advancing the President’s Health IT initiative, and his experience in patient care, health IT, and government will be invaluable to those efforts,” said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a statement earlier this week.

Dr. Kolodner comes from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), where as chief health informatics officer he oversaw the development of the agency’s electronic health records systems and has been leading an effort to establish a shared system with the U.S. Department of Defense. VA’s electronic health records system is recognized as the largest integrated health system in the nation.

Dr. Brailer continues to serve as vice chairman of American Health Information Community.

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