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 National Academy 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 and is the founding chairman of AcademyHealth, the national organization of health services researchers.

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 boards of the University of Chicago Health System and Penn Medicine and is the recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rush University and Honorary Doctors of Science from Claremont Graduate University and the State University of New York Downstate.

Fund Publications by David Blumenthal, M.D.



How the New U.S. Tax Plan Will Affect Health Care
December 20, 2017
Is M&A the Cure for a Failing Health Care System?
December 14, 2017
The Decline of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
December 5, 2017
By Reducing the Income of Poorer Americans, the Senate Tax Bill May Worsen Health Outcomes
November 28, 2017
Lessons on Universal Coverage from an Unexpected Advocate: Richard Nixon
November 2, 2017
Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize the ACA Marketplaces Estimated to Save $3.8 Billion and Protect Coverage
October 26, 2017
To Combat the Opioid Epidemic, We Must Be Honest About All Its Causes
October 26, 2017
Graham-Cassidy: Radical Change in the Federal–State Health Relationship
September 22, 2017
The HITECH Era and the Path Forward
September 11, 2017
A Glimmer of Bipartisanship on the ACA
September 5, 2017
On Charlottesville
August 21, 2017
A Visit to Israel Sheds Light on Two Health Systems
August 15, 2017
In the Aftermath
July 28, 2017
Senate’s Updated ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill Will Still Leave Millions Uninsured
July 14, 2017
CBO Score on Senate Bill: 22 Million Americans Uninsured and Sharp Increases in Premiums for Older People
June 28, 2017
ACA Repeal Would Devastate Already Struggling Rural Communities
June 27, 2017
Presidential Scandal: Bad Medicine for Health Care Reform
June 21, 2017
CBO Score on House-Passed AHCA: 23 Million Americans Uninsured and Sharp Increases in Premiums for Older People
May 25, 2017
House Narrowly Passes ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill That Would Leave Millions Uninsured
May 5, 2017
Realizing the Value (and Profitability) of Digital Health Data
May 2, 2017
How Medicaid Enrollees Fare Compared with Privately Insured and Uninsured Adults
April 27, 2017
Is U.S. Preeminence in High-Tech Medicine a Myth? The Case of Cystic Fibrosis
April 4, 2017
What’s Next for the ACA and the People It Covers?
March 31, 2017
Data Withholding in the Age of Digital Health
March 17, 2017
Why One in Ten Americans Will Feel the Pain of ACA Repeal Without an Effective Replacement
March 8, 2017
Time Waits for No Plan
February 16, 2017
Keeping Perspective During Turbulent Times
February 7, 2017
February 2, 2017
Of Thomas Schelling, Nuclear War, and the ACA
January 5, 2017


2016 Health Care Year in Review
December 28, 2016
Physician Dissatisfaction: Diagnosis and Treatment
December 13, 2016
Crossing the Political Chasm
December 6, 2016
Fidel Castro's Health Care Legacy
November 28, 2016
The Affordable Care Act in 2017: Challenges for President-Elect Trump and Congress
November 10, 2016
Past as Prologue—Presidential Politics and Health Policy
October 6, 2016
Tailoring Complex Care Management for High-Need, High-Cost Patients
September 26, 2016
The Promise and Pitfalls of Bundled Payments
September 7, 2016
ACA Marketplaces: Stressed but Fixable
August 24, 2016
Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients—An Urgent Priority
July 27, 2016
Turmoil in Individual Private Health Insurance Markets: Welcome to Real Competition
July 26, 2016
Value-Based Drug Pricing: Watch Out for Side Effects
July 21, 2016
The Biggest Obstacle to the Health-Care Revolution
June 28, 2016
Do Small Physician Practices Have a Future?
May 26, 2016
Drug Price Control: How Some Government Programs Do It
May 10, 2016
Envisioning a Digital Health Advisor
May 3, 2016
Caring for Coronary Artery Disease in China: Managing Modernization
March 15, 2016
Better Health Care: A Way Forward
March 3, 2016
New Federal Survey Shows Gains in Private Health Coverage and Fewer Cost-Related Problems Getting Care
February 24, 2016
The Best Way to Share Health Records? An App in the Patient’s Hands
February 23, 2016
Mortality Trends Among Working-Age Whites: The Untold Story
January 29, 2016
Hamilton and Health Care
January 25, 2016


2015: The Health Care Year in Review
December 22, 2015
New U.S. Health Care Spending Estimates Reflect ACA Coverage Expansions and Higher Drug Costs
December 4, 2015
How Stable Are the ACA Marketplaces?
December 3, 2015
What’s the Big Deal About Drug Prices?
October 9, 2015
4 Things to Know About Keeping Personal Health Information Safe
August 19, 2015
Estimating the Affordable Care Act's Impact on Health
August 12, 2015
Could the Affordable Care Act Make the U.S. More Competitive Abroad?
August 6, 2015
5 Ways Medicaid Makes a Difference
June 29, 2015
Coverage and Financial Security Preserved for Millions of Americans in the Supreme Court Ruling for the Government
June 25, 2015
Does Medicaid Make a Difference?
June 24, 2015
The Affordable Care Act: What Are the Facts After Five Years?
May 7, 2015
The Affordable Care Act at 5 Years
May 6, 2015
What Health Care Will Look Like in 2030. Maybe.
April 28, 2015
Measuring Vital Signs: An IOM Report on Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress
April 28, 2015
Redefining and Reaffirming Managed Care for the 21st Century
April 16, 2015
Keeping Personal Health Information Safe: The Importance of Good Data Hygiene
April 14, 2015
Lessons from the East: China's Rapidly Evolving Health Care System
April 2, 2015
Testimony: The Affordable Care Act at Five Years
March 19, 2015
Bending the Curve on Patient Safety?
February 11, 2015
Medicare at 50—Moving Forward
January 28, 2015
Medicare at 50—Origins and Evolution
January 14, 2015
IPAB: Ditching the Dog That Didn't Bark
January 8, 2015


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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