Blumenthal to Step Down as National Coordinator for Health IT

Dr. David Blumenthal will be stepping down as National Coordinator for Health IT per Kaiser Health News. Dr. Blumenthal has been in the position since March 2009 when he left Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital to join President Obama’s Administration. Reports indicate that Harvard faculty must return within two years to preserve their tenure.

The past two years have seen quite a bit of activity in health IT — and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has been front and center. HITECH, meaningful use, Regional Extension Centers, and several other programs have been introduced.

Prior to signing on as National Coordinator, Dr. Blumenthal was director of the Institute for Health Policy at The Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare and Professor of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as Professor of Healthcare Policy.

What effect, if any, do you think Dr. Blumenthal’s departure from ONC will have on the promotion of health IT and HITECH/meaningful use?

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