Blu­men­thal will lead Com­mon­wealth Fund

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Dr. David Blu­men­thal, the for­mer head of the Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, will serve as the next pres­i­dent of the Com­mon­wealth Fund. Blu­men­thal will re­place Karen Davis on Jan. 1, 2013, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Com­mon­wealth Fund, a foun­da­tion ded­i­cated study­ing health­care pol­icy and prac­tice. He cur­rently serves as chair­man of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Com­mis­sion on a High Per­for­mance Health Sys­tem. Davis an­nounced in Novem­ber that she would step down at the end of 2012. Blu­men­thal, tapped to lead the ONC by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in March 2009, was the third physi­cian to fill the role. He stepped down in the spring of 2011 to re­turn to Har­vard Univer­sity, where he cur­rently serves as a pro­fes­sor of medicine at Har­vard Med­i­cal School and as chief health in­for­ma­tion and in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer at Part­ners Health­Care Sys­tem, Bos­ton. Dr. Farzad Mostashari suc­ceeded Blu­men­thal as head of the ONC. Blu­men­thal ap­peared five times on Mod­ern Health­care’s list of the 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives and topped the list in 2010. Part of Blu­men­thal’s legacy at ONC is the five-year Fed­eral Health IT Strate­gic Plan, de­liv­ered in 2011 just be­fore he stepped down. But his ten­ure will for­ever be linked with the launch of an ar­ray of fed­eral health IT pro­mo­tional pro­grams funded by a $2 bil­lion di­rect ap­pro­pri­a­tion to ONC by the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009 (See story, p. 14).

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