New Orleans Health Commissioner to Lead ONC

City of New Orleans Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo has been named as HHS' new national coordinator for health information technology. She starts Jan. 13.

City of New Orleans Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo has been named as HHS' new national coordinator for health information technology. She starts Jan. 13.

Dr. Jacob Reider has been serving as acting national coordinator since Dr. Farzad Mostashari stepped down from the post in October.

DeSalvo, a former professor of medicine and vice dean of community affairs and health policy for Tulane University in New Orleans, led the effort to establish a network of primary-care medical homes as part of the city's post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding process. She also served as president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum.

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Source: Modern Healthcare