WASHINGTON, D.C.: Governor Ernie Fletcher touted the role of technology in health care before international government and technology leaders at the Microsoft Government Leaders forum in Washington, D.C. today.
Governor Fletcher said, “We must use technology to make healthcare more effective, affordable and accessible. eHealth strategies offer a promising solution for many of the problems ailing U.S. healthcare today. We are beginning to see the benefits of this approach in Kentucky.”
Governor Fletcher used examples of activities already underway in Kentucky to demonstrate how health information technology can improve health and save money.
The administration collaborated with the 2005 General Assembly on Senate Bill 2, the eHealth initiative, which garnered bipartisan support and passed unanimously. SB 2 creates an eHealth board, which will offer Kentucky stakeholders a venue to target inefficiencies and coordinate efforts in health information technology. The state soon will begin preparing and educating the state’s patients, providers and students so that the next generation of hospitals and physician offices can rely on health technology to improve care.
Governor Fletcher also highlighted the benefits Kentucky is reaping through technology use in its one-of-a-kind electronic prescription drug monitoring system eKasper, through efforts to modernize technology in the Medicaid program, and in piloting an electronic immunization registry.
“Technology can improve healthcare by addressing inefficiencies in the system, empowering consumers to become healthier and more responsible, and by allowing doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to focus on treating patients, rather than doing paperwork,” said Governor Fletcher.
Other speakers scheduled for the forum include Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The forum brings together top government and businesses leaders to discuss collaboration between the public and private sector and the role of information technology in governing.