With National HIT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo recently transferred to another position in the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in Ebola management work, many other officials leaving in recent months and Jacob Reider soon also to depart, there has been talk of a brain drain at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Only two of the top 10 leaders from the Farzad Mostashari era remain.

But a brain drain, or at least new blood, is exactly what ONC needs. Make no mistake; those who leave their private sector posts to serve in public office give up a lot and are due a measure of respect. They are called public servants for a reason.

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