CEOs representing America’s top companies have joined forces with U.S. Senate health leaders to urge swift passage of the “Wired for Health Care Quality Act,” a measure to bring the power of information technology to the health care sector.
“We can save thousands of lives and conserve billions of dollars for health care with this one stroke – and we can do it this year,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and sponsor of the legislation.
“The healthcare and business communities, including small businesses, are clamoring for Congress to take action and establish uniform health IT standards,” said Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), ranking member of the HELP committee and original co-sponsor of the legislation. “This bill will eliminate duplicative tests and reduce medical errors. Moving from a paper-based health care system to secure electronic medical records will save lives and reduce skyrocketing health care costs.”
Joining the Senate leaders were Business Roundtable members Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc., and Ronald A. Williams, chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc. The four called for speedy passage of the bill, which seeks to replace the current system of paper records with secure, protected electronic records. More here.