Jodi Daniel to step down from ONC

Has helped chart health IT policy for past decade
By Mike Miliard
10:19 AM
Jodi Daniel

A year since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT saw a spate of high-profile departures, another longtime veteran of the agency will be leaving this fall. Policy director Jodi Daniel will step down in October after more than a decade.

Elise Anthony, currently ONC's deputy director of the office of policy, will take over as acting director upon Daniel's departure.

Joining ONC in 2005 as a founding director, Daniel helped chart strategies for health IT for years before the HITECH Act turbocharged the industry with billions of dollars in stimulus, spurring huge increases in technology uptake.

Among many contributions, she helped develop early standards and certification rules, launched ONC's Consumer e-Health and Health IT Safety programs and helped draft its information blocking report, which calls out "persons or entities (who) knowingly and unreasonably interfere with the exchange or use of electronic health information."

"Jodi Daniel is a star," tweeted David Brailer, MD, the first national coordinator. "Committed to protection, gets private sector, effective in gov. Best choice I made at ONC!!"

She "will be missed," he added. "The depth of her contributions to health IT in the early days will never be known!"

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