Friday, April 21, 2006
Dr. David Brailer, who has served as the Nation's first health information technology czar (technically HHS National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under Executive Order 13335) has resigned after about two years in the position. According to the HHS Press Release, Dr. Brailer now will serve as Vice-Chair of the American Health Information Community , a HHS commission tasked with aiding in the creation of an interoperable health care technology system. Interestingly, Dr. Brailer recently stated that "You can't impose government solutions on a technically evolving and complex system" like IT, said Brailer, who was participating in a health IT panel. "You can't legislate good will, more efficient practices or better outcomes" (AHA News, 4/18).