Top 25 Women Leaders
Karen DeSalvo, 49
Physician, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
DeSalvo, named in 2013 the fifth physician leader at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is pivoting the agency from inducing physicians and hospitals to buy electronic health-record systems toward using EHRs to exchange patient information to improve care and lower costs. In January, she set a national interoperability goal for all providers to be able to exchange a core set of patient data by the end of 2017. DeSalvo, 49, also was given the title of acting assistant secretary for health last fall to help lead the department's Ebola response. DeSalvo previously served as health commissioner for New Orleans.
- Health IT chief DeSalvo urges more patients to seek access to electronic records
- Video: ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo on setting health data free