Today, ONC National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo announced that Vindell Washington, MD, has been appointed the new Principal Deputy National Coordinator, effective January 25. In his new role, Washington will be responsible for driving executive leadership of all ONC programs, operations and policies. His responsibilities also includes advancing key administration initiatives such as delivery system reform, the Precision Medicine Initiative and implementation of the Interoperability Roadmap.
Prior to the ONC appointment, Washington served as the president and CMIO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Medical Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under his leadership, Washington was a champion for health IT adoption.