David Blumenthal
David Blumenthal, M.D.
The Commonwealth Fund

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. 

Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, with the charge to build an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. He succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the nation has ever made in such a short time period, in health care or any other field. 

Previously, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of more than 250 books and scholarly publications, including most recently, Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. He has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research; is the founding chairman of AcademyHealth, the national organization of health services researchers; and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. 

Dr. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. With his colleagues from Harvard Medical School, he authored the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States. He has held several leadership positions in medicine, government, and academia, including senior vice president at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Management and lecturer on public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He served previously on the board of the University of Chicago Health System and is recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rush University and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Claremont Graduate University and the State University of New York Downstate. 

Fund Publications by David Blumenthal, M.D.





2014: The Health Care Year in Review
December 23, 2014
Giving Patients Control of Their EHR Data
December 22, 2014
Health Reform: Foolish, Courageous, or Both
December 4, 2014
The Supreme Court Decides to Hear King v. Burwell: What Are the Implications?
November 7, 2014
Keeping Covered: The Affordable Care Act’s First Reenrollment Period for Marketplace Plans
October 24, 2014
Electronic Health Records: The New Lightning Rod in Health Care
October 17, 2014
Assessing the Affordable Care Act: The Record to Date
September 26, 2014
Do Health Care Costs Fuel Economic Inequality in the United States?
September 9, 2014
Drugs and Dollars
July 28, 2014
Big: Grappling with the Size of U.S. Health Care
July 9, 2014
Health Care Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act—A Progress Report
July 2, 2014
Of Leaders and Geeks
June 24, 2014
Realizing the Rewards of a Medical Career in a Changing Health Care System
June 13, 2014
The Employer Mandate: Essential or Dispensable?
June 4, 2014
Residents in the ACA's Nonparticipating States Still Benefiting
May 28, 2014
The Two Americas: Moving Farther Apart?
May 15, 2014
Reflecting on Health Reform—More Good News: Diabetes Complications on the Wane
April 22, 2014
Reflecting on Health Reform: Good News! High Performance in Action
April 16, 2014
Reflecting on Health Reform: Time to Move On?
April 1, 2014
Taking Stock of SHOP Marketplaces
March 26, 2014
The Three R's of Health Insurance
March 5, 2014
Reflecting on Health Reform—Narrow Networks: Boon or Bane?
February 24, 2014
Coverage Opportunities and Obstacles for Hispanics Under the ACA
February 13, 2014
Reflecting on Health Reform—Exchanges, Exchanges Everywhere: Understanding the Role of Private Exchanges
January 27, 2014
Americans' Experiences in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Results from the First Three Months
January 9, 2014
Reflecting on Health Reform: Holiday Reading and the Affordable Care Act
January 6, 2014


Health Care Spending—A Giant Slain or Sleeping?
December 26, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform: ACA Dates that Matter
December 23, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform: A Balanced View of the Affordable Care Act
December 4, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform—The Presidential Health Care Curse: Why Do They Bother?
November 19, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform: A Tale of Two IT Procurements
November 12, 2013
The Impact of Health Information Technology and e-Health on the Future Demand for Physician Services
November 4, 2013
Americans' Experiences in the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Results from the First Month
November 4, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform—The Marketplace Experience: Month One
November 4, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform: Buckeye Bellwether?
October 30, 2013
Reflecting on Health Reform: Two Weeks in October
October 21, 2013
The Affordable Care Act: Keeping Our Eyes on the Ball
October 16, 2013
Should "Value" Be the New Mantra in Health Care?
September 20, 2013
New U.S. Census Data on the Uninsured Underscores Need for Expanded Coverage
September 17, 2013
New Agenda for a Changing Health System
September 12, 2013
Two Americas
August 14, 2013
The Effects of Health Insurance on Health: What We Can Expect from the Affordable Care Act
June 21, 2013
Health Information Technology: The Gateway to Progress
June 4, 2013
Implementing the Affordable Care Act's Health Coverage Provisions
May 23, 2013
Putting Aside Preconceptions—Time for Dialogue Among Primary Care Clinicians
May 16, 2013
In Pursuit of Better Care at Lower Costs: The Value of Cross-National Learning
April 30, 2013
Testimony—Stabilizing and Strengthening Medicare in the Context of Broader Health Reform
February 27, 2013
A Tale of Two Angels
February 11, 2013
A Strong Foundation for Improving U.S. Health Care
January 3, 2013













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