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Leadership Bios

B. Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, FACEP

B. Vindell Washington

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Dr. Vindell Washington is the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and provides high-level executive direction and leadership for ONC programs, operations, and policies and advances key Administration initiatives, such as delivery system reform, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and implementation of the Interoperability Roadmap. 

Prior to joining ONC, Dr. Washington served as the President of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) Medical Group and as the health system’s Chief Medical Information Officer. The FMOL Health System is headquartered in Baton Rouge and has five acute care hospitals and affiliated facilities located throughout Louisiana provide care to 40% of the state’s population.

Dr. Washington's primary responsibility was to develop and execute ambulatory strategies for the health system with a focus on transforming ambulatory care delivery models. In this role, he led over 500 physicians, advanced practitioners and 1,400 employees in more than 70 care locations throughout Louisiana. Additionally, his responsibilities included quality and process improvement.  

He was also the senior accountable executive for information technology for FMOLHS.  During his tenure, the health system has been an early adopter of technology including solutions including the integration of medical device information into the electronic health record and the widespread deployment of clinical decision support within the provider documentation workflow. FMOLHS has been recognized as an Information Week Top 500 Company and the institution’s help desk has won the Help Desk Institute best in class award. 

Before joining FMOLHS, Dr. Washington served as CEO of Piedmont Healthcare Management Group (PHMG) in Charlotte, North Carolina where he led the development efforts of coding and billing process technologies. PHMG was sold to Anodyne Health, which in turn was acquired by AthenaHealth. Before PHMG, he was president and CEO of Piedmont Emergency Medicine Associates, also located in Charlotte, NC, where he led a 70 provider hospitalist medicine and emergency medicine group.

Dr. Washington received a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia. He earned his Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.