Cleveland, Energy and Health IT

By July 9, 2007Energy, Health Care

President Bush flies out to Cleveland tomorrow for a day of activities devoted to energy, technology and health care, including health IT. Darn it if those aren’t NAM priorities. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“Cleveland’s a great American city,” said White House spokesman Alex Conant. “The places we’re visiting and the people we’re going to be talking to are great examples of how the president’s initiatives can improve our energy and health care.”

Those places include GrafTech International in Parma, a maker of fuel cell components. GrafTech is working with the U.S. Department of Energy and Case Western Reserve University on technology that would make it possible to power cars with light, inexpensive fuel cells.

“As you know, the president is a big proponent of new technologies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Conant said. Bush’s goal, he said, is to reduce consumption of foreign oil by 20 percent in 10 years.

After visiting GrafTech in mid-morning, Bush will go to the Cleveland Clinic to discuss ways to improve patient care by making health records more readily available to hospitals around the country, according to the White House. Bush has previously praised the Clinic’s role in using information technology.

Just a really good trip by the President, highlighting issues that matter to manufacturers.

And for more on the DOE fuel-cell program that GrafTech is participating in, please click here.

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