As HHS Turns to the Seasoned Donald Rucker, Health IT Leaders Breathe a Sigh of Relief

Healthcare Informatics: Although the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has yet to make an official statement regarding the appointment of Donald Rucker, M.D., as the next National Coordinator for Health IT, industry experts and leaders have not made secret their praise for the reported next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

On March 31, media reports confirmed that Dr. Rucker, who has worn many healthcare hats over the years, including that of Siemens Healthcare senior executive, ER doctor, health IT architect, and clinical informatics champion, had his name listed on an HHS employee directory with the job title ONC National Coordinator. Politico’s eHealth was the first to report this news, though it should be noted that his name is not currently in the agency’s employee directory. When asked, federal officials continue to tell Healthcare Informatics that they cannot comment on personnel at this time.

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