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eHealth Initiative Applaudes President-Elect Obama's Recognition of the Importance of Information Technology to Improve U.S. Health Care System
Date:12/8/2008

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The independent, non-profit, eHealth Initiative applauds President-Elect Obama's inclusion of electronic medical records for every doctor's office and hospital in the country in his Economic Recovery Plan, key elements of which were announced as part of his December 6, 2008 Weekly Radio Address (http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/the_key_parts_of_the_jobs_plan/).

"The effective adoption of health information technology and electronic, secure health information exchange promises to transform care delivery, improve the health of the American population, and enable individuals to more effectively manage their health and health care. We look forward to supporting President-Elect Obama and the new Administration in driving transformation of our health care system," said Janet Marchibroda, chief executive officer of the eHealth Initiative.

The eHealth Initiative (eHI) engages multiple stakeholders, including clinicians, consumers, employers, health plans, health information technology companies, hospitals and other providers, laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies, and state and local leaders to reach agreement on and drive the adoption of common principles, policies and best practices for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of health care through information and information technology.

Last year, eHI released the eHealth Initiative Blueprint: From Consensus to Common Action, representing multi-stakeholder consensus on a shared vision and a set of principles, strategies and actions for improving health and health care through information and information technology. The eHI Blueprint is publicly available and can be accessed at http://www.ehealthinitiative.org/blueprint/aboutIntro.mspx.

Just last week, as part of the eHealth Initiative Annual Conference (http://www.ehealthinitiative.org/events/2008EventsConfAgenda.mspx) on December 4-5, 2008, eHI convened a diverse group of experts, policymakers and leaders representing every sector of health care to review progress over the last five years and develop recommendations for 2009 and beyond to support the work of the new Obama Administration and Congress.

Over the next several weeks, eHI will continue to bring together leaders and representatives from every sector of health care to build upon the work of the eHI Blueprint, and finalize a set of recommendations to support both the new Administration and Congress as they consider the reform of the U.S. health care system and the expansion of an electronic health information infrastructure as part of the Economic Recovery Plan and economic stimulus package.

About eHealth Initiative and its Foundation

The eHealth Initiative is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to drive improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care through information and information technology. For more information, visit www.ehealthinitiative.org.


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