50 Most Influential Clinical Executives
Dr. David Blumenthal has spent much of his career holding a mirror up to the healthcare industry, allowing it to see its warts as well as its halos. Since 2013, Blumenthal, 67, has served as president of the Commonwealth Fund, a New York City-based not-for-profit organization that often takes steely-eyed views of healthcare policies, not only in the U.S., but in 17 other industrialized nations. Blumenthal co-authored a recent blog post that lauded one achievement of the Affordable Care Act—reducing by nearly 20 million the number people in the U.S. without insurance, while warning that affordability "is the major threat to continued improvement." As the nation's third head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, from 2009 to 2011, Blumenthal led the agency as it set up a host of federal programs to boost adoption and meaningful use of electronic health record systems under the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.