Blumenthal The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced that David Blumenthal will join the Obama Administration as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Dr. Blumenthal will oversee a new countrywide privacy-protected health information technology infrastructure.

Blumenthal states in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services news release:

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve President Obama and the American people in the effort to harness the power of health information technology to modernize our health care system. As a primary care physician who has used an electronic record to care for patients every day for 10 years, I understand the enormous potential of this technology. President Obama has laid out a vision of health reform that is both inspiring and long overdue. We cannot make that vision areality without the help of our most advanced computer technology.”  

Dr. David Blumenthal was formerly, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also co-author of The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office, which will be published by UC Press in June 2009.

Listen to an interview with David Blumenthal: [podcast][/podcast]

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