Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S.

Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

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Steven Posnack serves as the Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In this role, he advises the national coordinator, leads the execution of ONC’s mission, and represents ONC’s interests at a national and international level. In conjunction with the national coordinator, Steve oversees ONC’s federal coordination, regulatory policy, public-private initiatives, and the overall implementation of statutory authorities and requirements, such as those from the 21st Century Cures Act and HITECH Act.  

Throughout his over 15-year career with ONC, Steve has led and created initiatives in a variety of technology and policy positions, including serving as the Executive Director of the Office of Technology, Director of the Office of Standards and Technology, Director of the Federal Policy Division, and Senior Policy Analyst.  

During his tenure, Steve has led the development of the US Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI), the formulation of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), and creation of the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). He also directed ONC’s standards and technology investments through the ONC Tech Lab, the redesign of ONC’s Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL), established the Interoperability Proving Ground, and developed the C-CDA Scorecard and Inferno (HL7 FHIR®-based) testing tools. Earlier in his career, Steve led ONC’s regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, and several federal policy development and coordination activities. Namely, he drafted the regulations that established ONC’s Health IT Certification Program and standards and certification criteria for certified EHR technology as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (“meaningful use”). He also led a cross-HHS policy team that worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as it developed its regulation for the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) and co-authored the Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework for Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information. 

Mr. Posnack earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s degree in security informatics from Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, and a Master’s degree in health policy from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also maintains a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certificate.

Content last reviewed on July 14, 2020
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