DeSalvo to Address HIMSS14 Attendees

Chicago, IL (January 24, 2014) – Newly-appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will address attendees of the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, FL.  Dr. DeSalvo will offer opening remarks at 8:30 am on Thursday morning, Feb. 27, prior to the morning’s keynote address from Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner.

“HIMSS is honored that Dr. DeSalvo will be joining us for HIMSS14 in Orlando next month,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President of HIMSS. “Her insights and guidance are an exciting addition to the HIMSS14 lineup of health IT leaders from government and the healthcare community.”

Dr. DeSalvo is a physician and a leader in improving vulnerable populations’ access to healthcare, most recently as Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, where she advocated for expanded use of health IT by New Orleans’ primary care providers, and ensured that the city’s newest public hospital will utilize a fully-integrated health IT network.  She has long understood the value of health IT, serving as President of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the Louisiana lead for the state’s health information exchange and regional extension center grants, as well as a member of the Steering Committee for the Crescent City Beacon Community grant.

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HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.