Arien Malec, vice president of product management and strategy in the RelayHealth division of McKesson Corp., has taken an eight-month leave of absence to lead an initiative to ease provider connectivity to the emerging nationwide health information network.

Malec will work in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, heading up a new program called NHIN Direct. It is an effort to use a streamlined set of standards, services and policies to simplify linking to the NHIN for smaller and rural provider organizations.

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