The OpenNotes team is thrilled to announce Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, has joined the OpenNotes advisory board starting May 2018. In this role, DeSalvo joins a team of accomplished advisors providing counsel and informed guidance to the OpenNotes organization and its senior leadership. The Board advises on strategy for research dissemination, discovery, measurement, patient safety, vulnerable populations, and other key tenets of the OpenNotes movement.
Dr. DeSalvo is Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and also the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama Administration. She was previously New Orleans Health Commissioner and Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at Tulane School of Medicine.
“Dr. DeSalvo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Advisory Board, and will be a tremendous asset as we work to make note-sharing the standard of care,” said OpenNotes Executive Director Cait DesRoches, DrPh.
DeSalvo is a physician whose career has been dedicated to improving the health of all people, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, through clinical practice and leadership, medical education, policy and public service.
“Almost 30 years ago I was introduced to the idea of open notes when I was a medical student and tried to practice with that in mind,” said DeSalvo. “I am excited about working with the OpenNotes team and leveraging this framework to spread meaningful consumer partnerships.”
Members of the Advisory Board are key to the continued success of the OpenNotes movement. The Board represents years of experience in patient care, health information technology, health policy, and advocacy for the most vulnerable patients. Board members represent no fiduciary or decision-making roles.