For the Health and Human Services Departmentâs digital-health-records czar, Farzad Mostashari, innovation is the name of the game.
Mostashari, who was elevated to the top health IT position in the spring, spoke with GovernmentHealthIT.com as part of the Government Health IT Conference last week.
âElectronic health records are creating more and more electronic information and weâre creating more and more liquidity with that information,â Mostashari said. He added the âinnovation potentialâ encompasses both EHR systems and the myriad different applications to support them.
On the question of whether the administrationâs push on EHRs was adding another regulatory burden, Mostashari said the Office of National Coordinator for health IT, which he heads, is focused on aligning its programs âminimize the burden, but also maximize the signal to providers.â
He added: âWhat we are asking them to do is nothing less than put in place structures that provide higher quality, more efficiency for care at higher value. Everything we do has to be aligned with that goal.â
Mostashari said HHS has âthe fire in the bellyâ to align meaningful-use guidelines with delivering better healthcare.