Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, is leaving the office immediately to become Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell requested DeSalvo to make the move, according to an ONC spokesperson. “In this role, she will work with the Secretary on pressing public health issues, including becoming a part of the Department’s team responding to Ebola. Dr. DeSalvo has deep roots and a belief in public health and its critical value in assuring the health of everyone, not only in crisis, but every day.”

DeSalvo will serve as acting assistant secretary until the Senate confirms an assistant secretary. There is no pending individual nominated for the permanent position. Lisa Lewis, COO at ONC, will serve as acting national coordinator.

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