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eHealth Initiative Applauds Appointment of David Blumenthal as New National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Date:3/23/2009

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The independent, non-profit, multi-stakeholder eHealth Initiative applauds the appointment of David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, as the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Department of Health and Human Services. One of the key responsibilities of the National Coordinator will be to lead the implementation of a nationwide, interoperable, privacy-protected health information technology infrastructure as called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law last month, providing a net investment of more than $19 billion in health IT.

Dr. Blumenthal previously served as a physician, director and founder of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital of the Partners HealthCare System, and as the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

"We're delighted with the appointment of Dr. Blumenthal to this important position," said Janet M. Marchibroda, Chief Executive Officer of the eHealth Initiative. "Dr. Blumenthal is uniquely suited for this role given his experience as a health care policy expert, a primary care physician, and an organizational leader, and his leadership will be critical to building a bridge between our nation's health care reform goals and the important foundation that the health IT provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide."

"The effective adoption of health IT and secure, electronic health information exchange promises to improve health and health care in this country," said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, Chief Operating Officer of the eHealth Initiative. "We at the eHealth Initiative look forward to supporting Dr. Blumenthal in the weeks and months ahead, in his efforts to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and access of health care in the U.S. through information and information technology."

About eHealth Initiative and its Foundation

The eHealth Initiative (eHI) is an independent, non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to drive improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care through information and information technology. eHI engages multiple stakeholders including clinicians, consumer and patient groups, employers and healthcare purchasers, health IT suppliers, health plans, hospitals and other providers, laboratories, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, pharmacies, public health agencies, and state and community-based organizations, to reach agreement on and drive the adoption of common principles, policies, strategies and actions that improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care through information technology that are responsible, practical, sustainable, responsible to stakeholder needs -- particularly those of patients -- and build and maintain the public's trust. For more information, visit www.ehealthinitiative.org.


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