Lygeia Ricciardi to leave ONC

Lygeia Ricciardi, who since May 2012 has served as director of the Office of Consumer eHealth at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, will leave her post July 25, according to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo.

In a June 26 memo to ONC staffers emailed to FierceHealthIT, DeSalvo praised Ricciardi for "integrating the consumer perspective" into standards and policy-making efforts.

"Under Lygeia's leadership, ONC and the communities we serve have articulated a shared vision in which the consumer, patient or caregiver, enabled by information and tools, can participate more fully as a partner in both their own healthcare and health," DeSalvo said.

Ricciardi's departure is the second announced this month at ONC; Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts announced she will leave the agency on July 12. Memo