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David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health IT, Health & Human Services
As national coordinator for health IT, Dr. David Blumenthal is leading the government's multi-billion dollar effort to use technology to modernize and streamline healthcare and to cut healthcare costs. That includes $19.5 billion in healthcare IT spending in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Blumenthal will oversee that program, and he's diving deep into the details of the effort, which is aimed at incentivizing doctors and hospitals in the U.S. to use electronic health systems in "meaningful" ways. The goal is to create a nationwide interoperable, privacy-protected network and technology infrastructure for healthcare IT.
Before joining the government earlier this year, Blumenthal was a physician and director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute for Health Policy and a professor at Harvard Medical School, where he directed a faculty program for health systems improvement. He has served in many public policy roles, working as a staffer on the Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research and as an advisor to the Obama campaign.