David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, is President of The Commonwealth Fund. Previously, he was Chief Medical Innovation and Information Officer of Partners HealthCare, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Blumenthal served as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology where he was charged with building an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. As National Coordinator, Blumenthal succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the nation has ever made in such a short time period, in health care or any other field. Additionally, Blumenthal is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a former board member and national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine. He has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research; served as Director of the Institute for Health Policy; is the founding chairman of AcademyHealth, the national organization of health services researchers; and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical and public policy degrees from Harvard University.
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