Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has named Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the health commissioner for the City of New Orleans, as the new national coordinator for health information technology.

DeSalvo will start at ONC on January 13 and succeeds acting national coordinator Jacob Reider, M.D., who took over when Farzad Mostashari, M.D., left in early September. Reider will return to his post as ONC Chief Medical Officer.

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