Health IT: The Governors Take Charge

By February 29, 2008Health Care, Human Resources

IMG_0138.JPGAs Congress moves (too) slowly on legislation to encourage adoption of health information technology, some state leaders are saying, in effect, “What’s taking so long? We’ve made so much progress at the state level, now let’s get moving in Washington.”

That was a strong message left earlier this week by three governors speaking at a news conference called by Health IT Now! coalition, an event moderated by National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler.

Governors Chet Culver (D-IA), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jim Douglas (R-VT), each outlined the widespread success of Health IT within each of their own states. Their initiatives couple public and private cooperation to bring efficiency to health care via a uniform information exchange network. In switching from paper files to digital information, the states have eased access for doctors and patients to electronic medical records, established medical information exchange via a secure network, and helped bring costs under control.

We’ve created a webpage with video highlights from the news conference, including links to each governor’s statement. Please visit the site here. And the Health IT Now! news release is available here.

(Caption: From left, Governors Culver, Douglas and Manchin discuss health IT at a National Press Club news conference, 2/25/08.)

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