Karen DeSalvo, M.D., health commissioner for the City of New Orleans, has been named national coordinator for health information technology. DeSalvo started January 13 and succeeds acting national coordinator Jacob Reider, M.D., who returns to his post as ONC chief medical officer. An internal medicine specialist, DeSalvo was active in efforts to redesign New Orleans' health care system following Hurricane Katrina with HIT as part of the foundation. She served as president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, which oversees the state's federally funded HIE and HIT regional extension center programs.
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