Whitehouse at Center for American Progress

For those who are following the advances for health information quality and consolidation, Sheldon Whitehouse will be delivering a keynote address on this subject at the Center for American Progress. Details are as follows:

Whitehouse to Deliver Keynote Address on Health Information Technology

Washington, D.C. – Just weeks after introducing his first legislation, which focused on reforming our broken health care system, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will deliver the keynote address at a Center for American Progress discussion exploring ways to implement health information technology. The event, titled “Navigating American Health Care: How Information Technology Can Foster Health Care Improvement,� will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. and is open to the press.

EVENT: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to Deliver Keynote Address: “Navigating American Health Care: How Information Technology Can Foster Health Care Improvement�

WHEN: 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Center for American Progress, 1333 H Street N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, DC

The event will explore “how health IT applications and the data analysis that health IT enables can improve health care quality and productivity.� A roundtable session following Whitehouse’s remarks will feature Karen Davenport, Director of Health Policy at the Center, Dr. Mark Carroll, the Telehealth Program director for the Indian Health Service, and Gerald Shea, Assistant to the President at the AFL-CIO.

Whitehouse has long made reforming the health care system a priority. As Rhode Island Attorney General, he founded the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a collaborative effort between health care providers, insurers, and government that has pioneered efforts to expand the use of electronic prescriptions and improve the quality of care delivered in the state’s intensive care units. Whitehouse, a freshman senator, last month introduced a trio of bills aimed at encouraging health quality reforms, including legislation to build a national health IT infrastructure. An amendment cosponsored by Whitehouse and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to provide incentives for the adoption of health IT was passed by Congress as part of the fiscal year 2008 budget resolution.

And for those who missed it, you can hear Whitehouse’s debut statements on the health care bills he is proposing in this audio recording of his speech in Cranston, Rhode Island on May 21, 2007: