Soon after the announcement that Karen DeSalvo was leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, deputy national coordinator Jacob Reider announced that he soon is returning home to Albany, N.Y.

DeSalvo on Oct. 23 resigned from ONC to become Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, and Reider’s announcement was timed to match DeSalvo’s to foster a good transition. Reider has been commuting from Albany to Washington and had committed to his family that he would serve at ONC no longer than three years, he told colleagues in a letter. He will remain at ONC until late November and says a search for a new deputy national coordinator is “well underway.”

Many top officials at ONC have served for a considerable time and the door started swinging in April when chief privacy officer Joy Pritts left. Lygeia Ricciardi, who oversaw consumer e-health initiatives left in July.

This fall, chief nursing officer Judy Murphy left to become CNO at IBM Healthcare Global Business Solutions, HIT certification director Carol Bean left to join Stanford University School of Medicine, and chief science officer Doug Fridsma announced he will leave in November to lead the American Medical Informatics Association.

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