Last week, as part of its Health IT week, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT announced that it had hired Lana Moriarty as its new acting director of consumer e-health. Moriarty steps into the shoes of Lygeia Ricciardi, who departed in July after holding the office for three and a half years, during which the bulk of the work was done on the ONC’s Blue Button project for consumer access to electronic health records.
“I have a keen interest in … keeping the consumer angle at the top of ONC’s list,” Moriarty told MobiHealthNews. “We work very closely with every office at ONC, and that’s really where I see my role, is focusing on keeping that consumer piece on everyone’s agenda and just helping them to [ask] — whether it’s policy, whether we’re looking at any type of issue — are they considering consumers within that?”
Moriarty comes from elsewhere in the Department of Health and Human Services. She previously worked at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she oversaw the Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps, a federal loan repayment plan Moriarty described as “sort of like a Peace Corps for medical professionals.” Although the position did not have a technology focus, Moriarty says she’s always kept up with health information technology academically. The real tie from that job to this one is the focus on not just the consumer, but on every kind of healthcare consumer, from the wealthy to the underserved. Keep reading>>