Creating a High Performing Health System: the IT Inside, and More

Date(s) - 23 Apr 2014
5:15 PM - 9:00 PM

The Great Hall in Armstrong Hall - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

McKenna Invitation

Featured Speaker:


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

The Great Hall in Armstrong Hall
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University – Tempe
1100 S McAllister Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

Southwest corner of McAllister
and Orange


April 23, 2014
5:15 pm Registration
5:55 pm Guests to be seated
6:00 pm Keynote Speech by David Blumenthal
ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287


April 23, 2014
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287


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Mark McKennaDavid 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. He is also chairman of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. 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 a former board member and national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine. 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 the State University of New York Downstate.