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Health IT Coordinator Announces Departure

David Blumenthal announced Thursday that he is stepping down from his post as national coordinator for health information technology.

Blumenthal, appointed by President Obama in March 2009, said he plans to return to Harvard University. During his tenure, Blumenthal oversaw the deployment of funding included in the 2009 economic stimulus package to give doctors and hospitals incentives to switch to electronic records.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praised Blumenthal for helping to encourage the adoption of new technology.

"David will leave his post having built a strong foundation, created real momentum for [health IT] adoption, charted a course for the meaningful use of [electronic health records] and launched a new phase of cooperative and supportive work with the healthcare community, states, and cities across the nation," she said in a statement.

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