Former National Coordinator for Health IT of the United States brings unparalleled Health IT experience and knowledge; sees connected healthcare as a change agent and believes in InstantPHR™
Rockville, Maryland – February 19, 2014 — Farzad Mostashari, M.D., has been appointed to the Get Real Health board of directors, effective February 17, 2014. Dr. Mostashari brings unique experience, knowledge and insight into Health Information Technology in the US and around the world. He joined the board in part to amplify his message about the central importance of patient engagement and its transformational power in healthcare — and to stand behind the company that provides the leading-edge patient engagement solution: InstantPHR™.
“As a physician and as a health care proxy for my parents, I have a first-hand understanding of the power of connected care,” says Dr. Farzad Mostashari. “Get Real Health understands the human side of Health IT every bit as much as the technology side. They put patients and providers first, and they built their solution to meet the demands of a healthcare system that is struggling to transform itself. Get Real Health is a leader in this space — and as a board member I intend to help this company ‘stay’ real as it innovates and serves patients and providers.”
“We’re deeply honored to have Farzad on our board,” said Mark Heaney, Get Real Health CEO and founding partner. “He shares Get Real Health’s vision for patient engagement and believes that connected care is a change agent in the healthcare system.”
Farzad cites several key reasons for joining the board:
- Get Real Health’s strong international presence in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom;
- Usability of InstantPHR-powered portals for patients who seek to collect their information using Blue Button, organize it and share it with whomever they wish;
- The company’s understanding of population health and care coordination for providers
“As we look to the future, the ability of patients to get and share their own data and the ability of providers to engage patients will be true game changers,” said Farzad. “Get Real Health is well positioned to be a leader in this new ecosystem.”
The former National Coordinator for Health IT and current Brookings Institute Visiting Fellow is a well-known and highly respected figure in the healthcare industry globally. He’s also a Twitter star, with more than 15,000 followers, and is frequently named a social media influencer at industry conferences:https://twitter.com/farzad_MD. (People even follow his signature bowtie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FarzadsBowtie!)
“Farzad’s energy and passion for innovation will help us appropriately steer and expand our product, InstantPHR™, to continue to keep it ahead of our competitors,” said Heaney. “Plus, as a highly sought out expert and speaker in Health IT around the world, we know he will represent us well!”
As a Forbes writer observed, Dr. Mostashari “left an indelible mark on the healthcare IT landscape” in his role as the US Health-IT czar. He’s been called the ultimate patient advocate, and his thought leadership about the power of data to improve patient care has proven to be both prescient and influential. Dr. Mostashari’s understanding of the delicate balance between public policy and industry innovation has made him a highly effective leader both on the public podium as well as behind the scenes.
About Get Real Health
Rockville, Maryland-based Get Real Health is an award-winning global health information technology pioneer specializing in patient engagement and connected care solutions. Get Real Health’s flagship product — InstantPHR™ — is an electronic toolbox for creating and customizing personal health applications. Get Real Health has a diverse global customer base and strategic partnerships with industry leaders including Microsoft, Caradigm, Telstra Health and TELUS Health Solutions. Visit: www.getrealhealth.com, or watch a two-minute video at http://vimeo.com/86727501 to learn more.