The Senate health committee by unanimous consent has sent the nomination of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., to be assistant secretary of Health and Human Services to the Senate floor for an upcoming vote following the August recess. DeSalvo for several months has been the acting assistant secretary in addition to remaining the ONC leader.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported the story, which was confirmed to HDM by a committee spokeswoman. A vote on DeSalvo’s nomination is expected when the Senate reconvenes in September.

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