Breaking news: Kolodner gets permanent appointment

This just in from the Department of Health and Human Services: Dr. Robert Kolodner has been named coordinator of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, effective immediately. He had been interim coordinator since Sept. 20.

This really should come as no surprise to anyone in the industry. At last month’s Health IT Summit in Washington, there was a lot of talk that Kolodner would serve out the remainder of President Bush’s term, until January 2009, in which case the “interim” boss would be on the job longer than the only previous permanent coordinator, Dr. David Brailer. Today’s announcement at least does away with that bit of incongruity.