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Karen DeSalvo, Healthcare Speaker

Karen DeSalvo

    • Professor of Internal Medicine and Population Health, University of Texas Dell Medical School
    • Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
    • Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Fee Range

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

Texas

Root of It All - Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Root of It All - Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Dr. Karen DeSalvo BU Commencement Address

Dr. Karen DeSalvo BU Commencement Address

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a physician who has focused her career toward improving access to affordable, high-quality care for all people, especially vulnerable populations, and promoting overall health. She has done this through direct patient care, medical education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health oversees 12 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps — as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. The office is charged with leadership in developing policy recommendations as they pertain to public health issues that cut across HHS agencies and operating divisions.

Dr. DeSalvo also remains in her role as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where she continues to set high-level policy and the strategic direction of the office, including efforts related to interoperability. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the nation’s health IT efforts to adopt and meaningfully use health information technology, and collectively achieve health information technology interoperability, as a foundational element of better health for everyone in America.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she was Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, and Senior Health Policy Advisor to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, from 2011-2014. While there, she transformed the outmoded health department into one that has since achieved national accreditation and restored health care to devastated areas of the city, including leading the establishment of a public hospital.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. DeSalvo was a community leader in building an innovative and award-winning model of neighborhood-based primary care and mental health services for low-income, uninsured and other vulnerable individuals that boasts a sophisticated health IT infrastructure.

Dr. DeSalvo was also a professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine. She served as president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the state’s lead for the health information exchange, and the National Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine. She has also served on the boards of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. DeSalvo has received many honors, including recognition as a "Woman of Excellence in Health Care" by the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus. In 2013, Governing Magazine named Dr. DeSalvo one of nine Public Officials of the Year. The American Medical Student Association recognized her with a Women’s Leader Award in 2014. Modern Healthcare named her one of the 50 most influential physician executives in 2014.

Dr. DeSalvo earned her Medical Doctorate and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University, and Master's in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. She has an honorary doctorate from her alumnus institution, Suffolk University.

Keynote Address—Getting to Health: A New Vision for Connected, Secure, Accessible Care
Learn the key ways healthcare leaders can meet patient needs in today’s consumer-driven healthcare marketplace.

Session Summary: As hospitals and health systems continue to move toward value-based care, leaders must carefully calibrate their care redesign efforts. Embracing digital health technologies, supporting clinical excellence across the care continuum and addressing the social determinants of health are three essential components of care delivery models that can achieve both success and spread. In this keynote address, Dr. DeSalvo will explore the latest healthcare trends and identify the “big strategies” that hospitals and health systems must adopt to meet society’s demands in our consumer-driven healthcare marketplace.

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