Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National Coordinator for Health IT has been tapped to serve as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health as part of the Ebola response team by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
DeSalvo will be replaced by Lisa Lewis, the chief operating officer at ONC, in the interim. It’s unclear if DeSalvo will return to ONC in the future. She will be Acting Assistant Secretary for Health until a new one is named at HHS. A source at ONC says the acting positions are not usually permanent, so there is a chance that she will eventually return. She is still expected to still work with ONC in her new role but will spend the majority of her time on other duties.
Here’s the full comment from an ONC spokesperson, who confirmed the news to Healthcare Informatics:
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