HHS searches for deputy health IT coordinator

The Health and Human Services Department has initiated a search for a deputy national coordinator for health IT, as the office that is leading federal efforts to transform health care takes steps to achieve permanence among its senior executives.

Victor Eilenfield is the current interim national coordinator. He joined Robert Kolodner when he became the interim national coordinator in September. HHS has sought a permanent coordinator since David Brailer left in May.

President Bush created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology by executive order in April 2004 to provide leadership for the development and nationwide implementation of an interoperable health IT infrastructure to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.

In the position announcement posted Friday, the deputy national coordinator will be responsible for managing and improving organization performance; conducting regular evaluations of existing business processes and technology use; directing initiatives to ensure the continuous improvement of day-to-day operations; and overseeing the acquisition and administration of human, financial and technology resources.

The position closes Jan. 22.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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