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HHS Announces New Health IT Coordinator

The Health and Human Services Department has announced a new director of its health IT initiatives to replace agency stalwart Dr. David Blumenthal, who is returning to academia. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Farzad Mostashari, who had served as Blumenthal’s second-in-command since July 2009, would take over as director of …

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Blumenthal Issues Update on 5-year Health IT Plan

Outgoing Director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. David Blumenthal provided probably the final update on the cause for which he has championed for the past two years: the adoption of electronic health records. An updated version of the Health and Human Services Department’s health …

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Health IT ‘Promises’ and ‘Problems’ in 2011

The adoption of health IT, such as electronic health records, stands at a turning point in 2011. A recent New York Times feature on the burgeoning technology and the policy and policymakers guiding it finds the “promises” and “problems” at a tipping point. One the one hand, this is the …

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Blumenthal: Health IT about to Swing into Full Gear

Electronic health records and other forms of health IT have survived the wrangling over defining “meaningful use.” But, until recently, EHR was often more about talk than action. Not so anymore, said National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. David Blumenthal, on the Health IT Buzz blog. In his post, he …

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Blumenthal Offers Spirited Defense of EHRs

National coordinator for health IT Dr. David Blumenthal announced last week he would leave his post in the spring. Now, the gloves are coming off  — so to speak — in terms of his dealings with health IT skeptics. In a question-and-answer session with reporters, Blumenthal took issue with a …

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Health IT Luminary to Leave Post in Spring

Dr. David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health IT for the Department of Health and Human Services, announced in a staff memo late last week he would step down in the spring. Blumenthal, who will return to Harvard University, was appointed by President Barack Obama in March 2009 to lead …

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Blumenthal, Chopra Announce ‘Milestone’ in EHR Sharing

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT Director Dr. David Blumenthal and federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra announced a “milestone” in electronic health technology. Minnesota and Rhode Island became the first states to participate in pilot program for direct sharing of electronic health records via the Internet, known …

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