First-ever chief health informatics officer leaves role at CMS

Just four months after appointing the first-ever chief health informatics officer at CMS, the position is vacant. Mark Roche, who has held the role since March, is leaving his role at ONC and CMS, where he was tasked with developing the agency’s health IT strategy and improving interoperability.

The news was first reported by Politico. Roche formerly worked at ONC as a senior adviser and as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. His departure comes at a pivotal time for CMS, with major initiatives to improve health information data interoperability and access for patients.

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