Jodi Daniel, a major force for adoption and enhancement of electronic health records and other technologies at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology during the past decade, will leave ONC on October 9.

Daniel, an attorney, who had a hand in virtually every major ONC initiative since joining the agency in 2005, has not publicly disclosed her future plans.

Most recently, Daniel has been working on interoperability issues as Congress pushes for more value from EHRs, health information exchanges and other products to ease and accelerate the secure sharing of health information.

For instance, when lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives this spring included language in the 21st Century Cures Act to decertify EHRs that block information systems, Daniel was a voice of caution.

Congressionally-mandated product decertification could negatively affect the entire industry, not just recalcitrant vendors, she warned. “If we decertify a product that a lot of providers are using, then the providers don’t have a certified product and either they have to switch products or they will fall out of compliance with meaningful use,” Daniel said. “It might penalize the bad action by a vendor, but it will cause harm to innocent providers.”

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ONC National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo in a letter to agency employees praised Daniel’s long tenure. “This is a particularly poignant farewell as Jodi, after working with the Deputy Secretary’s office to establish ONC, has since been one of the office’s founding leaders.”

Indeed, Daniel worked under all five national coordinators and DeSalvo called her “a national thought leader on health information privacy and health IT.” More recently, Daniel created consumer e-health and health IT safety programs. She also created the State Alliance for e-Health with the National Governors’ Association to promote such issues as electronic prescribing and multi-state licensure for telemedicine.

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