DeSalvo to stay involved at ONC

Dr. Karen DeSalvo recently announced her departure from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to assist in the federal government's Ebola response efforts, but will continue to be involved in federal health information technology efforts as well. 

Officials clarified on Oct. 29 that Dr. DeSalvo will continue to have a leadership role at the ONC. Specifically, she will continue to chair the Health IT Policy Committee, lead the development and finalization of the Interoperability Roadmap, and remain involved in policymaking related to phsicians' meaningful use of electronic health records. 

Lisa Lewis, who was named the Acting National Coordinator, will handle the day-to-day running of the ONC during Dr. DeSalvo’s “deployment” to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, according to a blog post clarifying Dr. DeSalvo’s new role.