AMA Expresses Concerns Over ONC Departures

The American Medical Association voiced concerns over the fact that in addition to the departure of Karen. B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, several other senior staff have recently left the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The American Medical Association understands that Karen DeSalvo is leaving her post as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (IT) to do important work in public health.

DeSalvo's departure, in addition to those of several other senior staff including the Deputy Director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Jacob Reider, which was also announced last week, leaves a significant leadership gap which could jeopardize the growing momentum around interoperability.

Interoperability and data portability are critical components for transforming clinical practice and improving health outcomes.

Read the full statement from AMA President Robert M. Wah, MD: http://bit.ly/1tfcq73