Chamber Forum Focuses on Health IT

Feb 29, 2008

To make health care more safe, affordable, and accessible for consumers and employers, businesses must push for the widespread adoption of health information technology (IT), according to government officials, health care experts and business leaders attending the National Chamber Foundation's health IT forum on March 11.

Paul Speranza, Chamber chairman and vice chairman, general counsel, and secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. called health IT the "single most important building block" in improving the quality and lowering the costs of health care. "Let's not confuse efforts with results," Speranza said. "In health IT, we have a lot of effort and not enough results."

The "Health Information Technology: Increasing Transparency, Quality, and Value in America's Health Care" forum brought together stakeholders including Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV) and representatives from health and technology companies, to discuss the social and economic benefits and privacy challenges associated with an interoperable electronic health records network.

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