Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo delivers Keynote Address at National Healthcare IT Conference

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 05, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo joined healthcare leaders from across the country this morning to deliver the keynote address at the Health Information Safety and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC) National Conference in Bethesda, Maryland.

Speaking to a diverse group of healthcare providers, doctors and officials, the Lieutenant Governor discussed his involvement with the implementation of health information technology in the Commonwealth and its effectiveness statewide. Lt. Gov. Mongiardo stressed the importance of protecting patient information while facilitating collaborative interstate and intrastate efforts.

“As one of the first physicians in Kentucky to move strictly to electronic records in the early 1990s, I have been passionate for years about making health information technology more widely embraced—both inside the Commonwealth and nationwide,” said Lt. Gov. Mongiardo. “I am proud to be helping lead the way towards a new generation of healthcare: one that increases access and decreases cost while enhancing patient security and privacy.”

Kentucky has been a national leader in health information technology since the founding of the statewide e-health network in 2001. Currently, Lt. Gov. Mongiardo is working to make the Commonwealth a national laboratory for an innovative electronic healthcare system—the first of its kind nationwide.

The HISPC National Conference—held over the course of three days—spotlights the work of 42 states and territories who have participated in seven collaborative work groups to develop and test solutions for the privacy and security of interstate health information exchange. In addition to Lt. Gov. Mongiardo’s address, representatives from Kentucky also led a joint workshop with Mississippi healthcare professionals.

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