Brailer Resigns from Post
Published Online: Saturday, July 1, 2006 [ ]
The resignation of David Brailer, MD,
PhD, national coordinator for health information
technology (IT), will not impede
the move towards national adoption of
electronic health records (EHRs). Appointed
by George W. Bush in May 2004,
Dr. Brailer said that his original plan was
"to come and stay for 2 years, and that is
what I have done."
During his tenure, Dr. Brailer made significant
progress in health IT. For example,
- Established the American Health
Information Communitya 17-member panel representing large
employers, technology companies,
and government officials, to foster
the adoption of health IT nationwide
- Awarded contracts for $18.6 million
to 4 consortia to develop prototypes
for a national infrastructure to support
- Started programs to reduce roadblocks
to privacy, security, and interoperability
that delay widespread
use of IT
- Announced plans to commence projects
in biosurveillance, EHRs, chronic
care management, and consumer
Dr. Brailer will be chairing the search
effort to find candidates for his position.
Until a successor is chosen, the work of
the Office of the National Coordinator
will continue under the 4 permanent
directors of the office.
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