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ITIF Forum: Improving Health Care: Why a Dose of IT May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

Health information technology promises to transform and modernize our national health care system. President Bush has set a goal of establishing a national health information network by 2014, but currently most Americans do not even have an electronic health record. Congress is now considering legislation on how to ensure the American health care system benefits from IT. At this event, leading national experts will discuss both the benefits of electronic health records — such as reducing medical costs, improving quality of care, and enabling patients to have more control over their personal medical information — and what steps our country needs to take to speed adoption.

Dr. Alan Lotvin will discuss the current state of health care and the ways in which electronic health records can improve care. Dr. Edna DeVries will provide a practitioner’s perspective on the role of IT in medical practices. ITIF will release a new research report that examines the power of health IT and how health record data banks can play a role. Finally, Nancy Johnson, a leading former member of Congress, will discuss the importance of IT for transforming the American health care system.

Please join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the Health IT Now! Coalition, and a distinguished panel of experts for a discussion of the benefits of electronic health records, the current obstacles to adoption, and the kind of policies needed to enable America to take full advantage of health IT.

Date: Friday, October 26, 2007
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Place: The First Amendment Lounge, The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC


Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, ITIF

Daniel Castro (bio)
Senior Analyst, ITIF

Former Representative Nancy Johnson (R-CT)
Co-Chair, Health IT Now! Coalition

Dr. Alan Lotvin
Boston, Massachusetts, Senior Vice President, Oncology, ICORE Magellan Health Services

Dr. Edna O. DeVries
Marshfield, Wisconsin, Central Division Medical Director, Marshfield Clinic

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Related Links

"ITIF Report: Improving Health Care: Why a Dose of IT May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered"
October 26, 2007
In this paper, ITIF explores the benefits of using information technology in the health care sector, such as reduced medical costs, improved medical care, and increased access to personal health information. The paper reviews the obstacles that have prevented the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and proposes a number of policy recommendations to speed adoption. Specifically, the paper discusses the benefits of establishing independent health record data banks as a sustainable and market-based approach to implementing EHRs. ITIF also recommends other methods to leverage federal resources to speed EHR adoption.

"Interviews of ITIF Forum Panelists with NextGenWeb"
October 26, 2007
See additional video interviews from the recent ITIF Forum.