– Google appoints former ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo as the company’s first-ever Chief Health Officer to further establish its aggressive movement in the healthcare market.
– In her new role as Chief Health Officer, she will report to former Geisinger Health CEO David Feinberg.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who served as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health (Acting) during the Obama administration has been appointed by Google to serve as the company’s first Chief Health Officer, CNBC first reports. In her new role as Chief Health Officer, DeSalvo will advise Google on providers, doctors, and nurses at the company including Alphabet’s life sciences arm Verily. She will report to former Geisinger Health CEO David Feinberg who was appointed by Google last year to leads its healthcare efforts.
Karen DeSalvo Bio
Dr. DeSalvo is currently an executive advisor at LRVHealth and Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She served in the Obama Administration as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health (Acting).
She was previously Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at Tulane School of Medicine and Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, where she led a transformational effort to address health challenges, including violence, nutritional and physical fitness, and mental health, and led the re-establishment of a community public hospital. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, serves on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Boards of Directors for Humana and Welltower, and on the Verily Advisory Board. She is also co-convener of the National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health.