ONC makes staff changes

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has shifted some of its leadership functions and responsibilities to improve strategy and increase focus on priority functions.

Chart├ęse Day has joined the Office of the Chief Operating Officer as an office director and will provide senior leadership and direction for the ONC ethics program, according to an internal memo from National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc. Day previously was the director of ONC's Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Day also will oversee functions of the executive secretariat and Freedom of Information Act request functions.

Additionally, Megan Roh is the ONC's Office of Public Affairs and Communication new director, effective March 14. Roh has served as the deputy communications director of Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) since January 2015.

"As ONC continues to advance health IT policy and innovation, our external visibility and policy coordination has increased," DeSalvo wrote in the memo. "To ensure continued efficiency and effectiveness, I am excited to announce new staff and the transition of a few ONC functions to enable us to execute even better on our communications strategy and bring more focus to other priority functions."