Agency Shuffle: Karen DeSalvo To Step Down As Top Federal Health IT Coordinator
Dr. Vindell Washington will take over the job as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. DeSalvo will continue in her other role at the Department of Health and Human Services as acting assistant secretary of health.
DeSalvo Out, Washington In At ONC
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who had been wearing two hats at HHS, is stepping down from her role as the nation's top health information technology official. Effective Friday, Dr. Vindell Washington, the agency's principal deputy national coordinator, will take over as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. DeSalvo will remain at HHS as acting assistant secretary for health. (Conn, 8/11)
DeSalvo, Leaving ONC, Urges Continued Funding For Health IT Efforts
Karen DeSalvo stepped down as national coordinator for health IT Thursday and urged Congress to keep funding unfinished health IT work that she said was crucial for building a modern health care system. After 2 ½ years of moonlighting — she would never say whether ONC or her job as acting assistant secretary of health was her main job — DeSalvo will be replaced at ONC Friday by Vindell Washington, ONC’s second-in-command since January. She will remain at her senior HHS position. (Pittman, 8/11)