Humana expands board with former US federal health administrator


Humana expands board with former US federal health administrator

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Health insurer Humana has elected former federal chief of health IT, Karen DeSalvo, to its board, bringing the number of directors to 12.

DeSalvo served from January 2014 until August 2016 as the national coordinator for health information technology for the United States federal government, based in Washington, DC, she was concurrently assistant secretary for health in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from October 2014 until January 2017. Both positions were presidential appointments. Prior to her national government service, DeSalvo served as the health commissioner for the City of New Orleans.

"Karen’s extraordinarily varied and successful career in medical practice and health administration will be a tremendous addition to Humana’s Board, as the company continues to evolve from a traditional health insurer to a consumer-focused enterprise dedicated to measurably improving the health of our members," said Humana chairman of the board Kurt Hilzinger.

Hilzinger added: "An important part of health improvement is deploying technology to simplify the experience of our members, and Karen’s experience as our nation’s Health Information Technology coordinator and as a national leader in delivery system transformation will prove invaluable to our company’s relationships with our members and our physician partners, as Humana continues to innovate in the area of health data analytics."

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