20 Mar Obama chooses a policy wonk to head health IT
President Obama has chosen a campaign advisor and health policy expert, Dr. David Blumenthal, as his national coordinator for health information technology.
Dr. Blumenthal has been director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of health care policy at Harvard.
As an Obama campaign advisor last year he co-authored a report which said health reform could be paid for by rolling back the Bush tax cuts on high earners.
The good news is he’s a policy expert and not a vendor. The bad news is he’s a policy expert and not a technologist. He is a renowned health IT advocate who knows his way around bureaucracies but he is not a geek.
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