President Obama on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., to be Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Servicesa position she has been serving in on an interim basis.
DeSalvo in October 2014 was designated as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS to help with the Obama administrations Ebola response effortsa move that led some industry stakeholders to object. For instance, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell warning that their organizations only support DeSalvos appointment as the Assistant Secretary for Health if it is intended to be for a short duration with her quickly returning to full-time leadership of ONC.
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