ONC: Karen DeSalvo to Retain Nat’l Health IT Coordinator Role

Karen DeSalvo
Karen DeSalvo

Karen DeSalvo, who was appointed acting assistant health secretary Thursday, will continue to hold her current role as director of the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as she serves in her new role for the Department of Health and Human Services.

ONC released an update on DeSalvo’s new responsibilities Thursday and said she will continue to work on “high level” policy issues for the office and remain as chair of the Health IT Policy Committee.

She will also lead work on the development and finalization of ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap and co-chair HHS’ cross-departmental work on delivery system reform, ONC said.

Lisa Lewis, chief operating officer and acting director of ONC, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the office and served as acting principal deputy national coordinator before DeSalvo joined ONC.

DeSalvo joined HHS to help with the department’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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