In health I.T. circles, David Blumenthal, M.D., is surely by now the most well-known physician in the United States, surpassing in name recognition even the celebrated John Halamka, M.D., the CIO of Boston’s CareGroup. Blumenthal’s very job title, “national coordinator for health IT,” suggests responsibilities of mammoth proportions. And by shouldering the job of administering the federal government’s unprecedented EHR incentive program, AKA “meaningful use,” Blumenthal has taken on a task which makes running a hospital I.T. department seem like mere child’s play (or as some physicians might say, something to hand off to a nurse).
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