5 health IT leaders who could helm ONC


By Dan Bowman

When Farzad Mostashari announced last week that he will step down as National Coordinator for Health IT this fall, speculation about his replacement immediately kicked into high gear. Some discussion naturally focused on Mostashari's top two deputies--David Muntz and Judy Murphy, but they're not the only names getting buzz.

For instance, John Halamka, CIO at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board member), and Paul Tang, chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, are also potential canddiates for National Coordinator--both have led efforts to drive the creation of Meaningful Use policy and standards for ONC. Doug Fridsma, chief science officer and director of the office of science & technology at ONC, is another possible replacement for Mostashari.

To that end, the editors at FierceHealthIT wanted to know who you--our readers--think could fill the top ONC post; 82 of you responded to our weeklong survey. Check out the slideshow, below, to see how the votes fell. (Although 20 percent of you voted for "someone else.")