- HHS Names the National Coordinator for Health Information
- April 16, 2009
- Law Firm: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Philadelphia Office
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the selection of David Blumenthal, M.D., as the nominee for National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. As the National Coordinator, Dr. Blumenthal will spearhead the implementation of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure detailed in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Dr. Blumenthal is a physician and director of the Institute for Health Policy at The Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. At Harvard, Dr. Blumenthal also served as director of the Harvard University Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement. Before that, he was senior vice president at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and served as executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Management and as a lecturer on Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The National Coordinator-designate previously worked on Capitol Hill for Sen. Edward Kennedy's Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research, and served as a senior health adviser to the Obama campaign. Dr. Blumenthal has considerable experience in health information technology and health care quality management.