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HHS names new National Coordinator for Health IT

December 19, 2013

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today appointed Karen DeSalvo, M.D., as the next National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. DeSalvo, who most recently served as the health commissioner of the city of New Orleans and as a senior health policy advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, “made the increased utilization of HIT a cornerstone of the city’s primary care efforts and a key part of the city’s policy development, public health initiatives and emergency preparedness,” Sebelius said in a letter announcing the appointment. “Further, she has led the planning and construction of the city’s newest public hospital, which will have a fully-integrated HIT network. Her work as commissioner has led to positive changes to the way healthcare providers deliver care to their patients, improved accessibility and outcomes for patients, and improved the health of all New Orleanians.” Farzad Mostashari, M.D., stepped down as national coordinator this fall; Jacob Reider, M.D., has been serving as Acting National Coordinator during the transition.