The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society are the latest industry groups to express their concerns regarding “leadership transitions” within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

In a joint letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, CHIME and HIMSS warned that recent ONC staff changes “could have a detrimental effect on ONC’s role in HHS’s charge to positively transform our nation’s health system,” referring to the “exodus of most of ONC’s senior leadership” including the recent naming of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health to help with the Obama administration’s Ebola response effort.

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