On March 20, 2009, HHS announced the selection of David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. as the Obama Administration's choice for National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. As the National Coordinator, Dr. Blumenthal will lead the implementation of a nationwide interoperable, privacy-protected health information technology infrastructure, as called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Dr. Blumenthal most recently served as a physician and director of the Institute for Health Policy at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System in Boston.