President Bush’s top health technology officer discusses e-Health, prescription drug initiatives
David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D.
David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., visited Frankfort Jan. 24 to discuss national e-Health initiatives with the e-Health Network Board and meet with state, medical and business leaders.
Brailer, who serves as the national health information technology coordinator for the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), addressed members of the e-Health Network Board during the scheduled meeting on Jan. 24.
He also met with Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark Birdwhistell during his visit.
“We’re eager to learn more about what’s happening on a national level, which, in turn, will guide us as we begin laying the groundwork for an electronic health network in Kentucky.” said Birdwhistell, an e-Health Network Board member.
Brailer was appointed as the first national health information technology coordinator in May. In this role, he is charged with overseeing the widespread deployment of health information technology within 10 years.
Similarly, Kentucky’s e-Health Network Board was created to implement and oversee a statewide electronic health network to improve the state’s system of health care delivery and administration. Gov. Fletcher appointed members to the 22-member board after the 2005 General Assembly.
An e-Health network could improve patient privacy, reduce medical errors, lower administrative costs and help make electronic medical records available to more Kentuckians.
During the e-Health board meeting, Brailer discussed, among other topics, recent lessons learned from health information technology projects developed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that could be applied on a state or national level.
Prior to his appointment with HHS, Brailer was a senior fellow at the Health Technology Center in San Francisco, a non-profit research and education organization that provides information and resources to health care organizations about the future impact of technology in health care delivery. He holds degrees in medicine and economics.
Additional information on Dr. Brailer may be found at http://www.hhs.gov/healthit/bios.html. Further information about the e-Health Network and its board members may be found at www.chfs.ky.gov/ehealth.
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