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Press Releases :: January 16, 2009

Chairman Gordon’s Statement on Health IT

(Washington, DC) – Today, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was released for inclusion in the House American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Package.

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) has been working on the legislation in collaboration with the Chairs of the other Committees of jurisdiction:  House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions; and Senate Finance.   

Chairman Gordon offered the following statement:

“You can put your bank card into an ATM anywhere and know that the card will work, the information will be accurate, and the transaction will be secure.  Just as the banking industry did, if we are to create a seamless, secure network for electronic healthcare information, we need the technical standards that will ensure interoperability and protect privacy.”

“If IT is integrated in health care, the way it has been into financial services, banking and manufacturing, it could potentially benefit the thousands of people a year who suffer due to medical errors, improper diagnoses, or being prescribed incorrect medications due to lack of a comprehensive family medical history or poorly maintained records. The American people deserve better health care, and this will be a big step toward that goal.”

Please see the Committee’s website for more information.  

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