Michael James McCoy to join ONC as Chief Health Information Officer

Dear ONC staff:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Michael James McCoy will be joining ONC as our first Chief Health Information Officer, effective January 26, 2015, and will report directly to me. In this new role, Mike will lead development of ONC clinical policy for standards and regulatory matters to help ensure ONC initiatives improve health beyond health care.  He will also be the lead clinical subject matter expert on interoperability.

Mike is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who practiced clinically for more than 20 years, and has over a decade of experience in health information technology, with special interests in interoperability, user experience, and person-centered care.  His background includes leadership roles in nearly all facets of the health IT domain – from use in small physician offices to large national health delivery systems, IT development and standards development organizations.

Mike has been involved with standards development for well over a decade, including Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Patient Care Coordination domain, and the IHE International Board of Directors. He represented the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as its health information technology strategist in multiple SDO forums; has worked with the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) as co-chair of the Women's Health Work Group; and participated on the Child Health Expert Panel and the Ambulatory Work Group.  Mike received his B.S. in biology, magna cum laude, from Georgia State University and his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia.

He is passionate, as am I, on making effective use of interoperable healthcare IT while ensuring a person-centered health system that results in the best outcomes possible.

Please join me in welcoming Mike to ONC!