A New Coalition: Health IT Now!

By June 5, 2007Health Care

healthitad.jpgThis morning, NAM President John Engler is headed to the U.S. Capitol with a bipartisan team of highly respected former lawmakers, Senator John Breaux of Louisiana and Representative Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, to announce the formation of a new coalition, Health IT Now!, Healthy Patients for Health Technology.

We won’t steal everyone’s thunder, but here is yesterday’s NAM news release announcing the event. The quick take:

The coalition, chaired by Johnson and Breaux, unites patients, practitioners and employers to push for federal legislation this year to promote a connected health care IT system. The coalition’s initiatives include educating both Congress and the public on the life-saving – and cost-saving – benefits of health IT.

The coalition is promoted in today’s Roll Call with a full-page ad, inserted nearby. You can see the full ad in .pdf format (4MB file) by clicking here.

Modern medicine is a high-technology marvel. It is computerized, digitized, timed to the millisecond and measured to the nanometer.

Why are most patient health records still on paper?

Darn good question.

The full text of the ad is in the extended entry below. And more on this later in the day.

UPDATE (8:15 a.m.) The website is now live: HealthITnow.org.


Modern medicine is a high-technology marvel. It is computerized, digitized, timed to the millisecond and measured to the nanometer.

Why are most patient health records still on paper?

Fragments of a patient’s medical history – even test results – are often at different doctors’ offices and hospitals across town, across the state or even across the country.

That poses real risks to patients, especially in emergencies. It also adds unnecessary costs in
duplicated tests.

Learn more by visiting us at: healthITnow.org. We’re a coalition of patients, medical practitioners, companies and organizations representing millions of Americans.

We may have differing views on some issues, but we strongly agree that health information
technology will enable better patient care, delivered more efficiently and at lower cost.

Congress should act now to eliminate barriers to electronic health records, establish guidelines and empower both patients and providers
.
That’s not brain surgery; it’s a no-brainer.

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  • Lisa says:

    I found a really useful Lean healthcare resource at http://www.leanhealthcareservices.com/blog.html

  • Charlie Simpson says:

    It is a great idea, too bad all the supporting groups are a bunch of nobodies and never were(s). I hope there is a strategy to influence the public, Washington has been stuck discussing this issue w/o a sense of urgency. The folks at eHI and NAHIT haven’t gotten any closer because they haven’t engage Joe Sixpack. Until that guy on the line cares understands that HIT has the potential to increase the quality of his care and possibly lower the cost then nobody is going to commit to spending the money on implementation. Let’s hope NAM looks outside for helping in making this big and gets behind this in a major way!

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