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Verizon Executive Urges Congress to Pass Health Care IT Legislation
Date:6/4/2008

ng family history. The system analyzes patient information to provide timely medication and care alerts automatically, informing employees when the care they are receiving appears to be inconsistent with best practices.

Verizon has long been engaged in efforts to improve health care. In December 2006, Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg committed the company to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt's four goals to improve health care quality and reduce costs through increased use of technology and providing more information to consumers.

Seidenberg was also the only non-health care member of the Federal Commission on Systemic Interoperability, a group of medical, insurance, governmental, technological and corporate leaders tasked by Congress to develop recommendations and a timeline for the adoption of privacy-protected systems of electronic health information.

In addition, Verizon was a founding member of pay-for-performance programs Bridges to Excellence and Leapfrog, which reward providers and hospitals for quality care and health information technology implementation.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 67 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanc
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