Audio of Whitehouse on Health Care Reforms

This is an audio recording of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s press conference today, announcing three pieces of health care reform legislation.

Whitehouse talks in this statement about researching legislation by Patrick Kennedy’s uncle that tried to use improved technology to address bureaucracy in the past, but it met defeat in “political and economic log-jams.” Will Whitehouse’s legislation face a similar fate? Let’s hope not — there’s the potential for incredible savings in moving to IT for medical records. And those savings are not just dollar and cents savings, but also saving people’s lives, such as the case alluded to in Whitehouse’s introduction, where a paper medical record was reportedly lost in the transfer of a patient from Rhode Island Hospital to Massachusetts General.


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