The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced that Michael McCoy, M.D., will become ONC’s first chief health information officer, effective Jan. 26.

“In this new role, Mike will lead development of ONC clinical policy for standards and regulatory matters to help ensure ONC initiatives improve health beyond health care,” National HIT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., told staff members in an email. Reporting directly to DeSalvo, McCoy also will be the lead clinical subject matter expert on interoperability.

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