Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo delivers keynote address at annual HIMSS Conference

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Continuing to put Kentucky on the map as a national leader in health information technology, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo delivered the keynote address this morning at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Chicago, Ill.

Joined by public policy leaders from across the country, healthcare advocates and medical professionals, the Lt. Gov. presented a picture of how the current landscape of healthcare appears from the angle of individual states. Lt .Gov. Mongiardo spoke about the importance of advances in the development of healthcare information technology (IT) at both the state and national level, referencing Kentucky’s efforts to become a laboratory for the next generation of healthcare by the development of an electronic health (e-health) system.

“From my unique perspective as both a medical doctor and public servant, I understand just how imperative it is to continue to make strides in healthcare IT,” said Lt. Gov. Mongiardo. “Kentucky is leading the pack in its development, and I am honored to have the chance to spotlight our efforts here today.”

This year, the annual HIMSS Conference brought together some 300 healthcare leaders who gathered to discuss topics ranging from health IT’s impact on protecting patient privacy to the positive effect new technologies will have on pediatric care. The conference also featured actor and director Dennis Quaid, who has become a staunch advocate for patient safety in the wake of his children’s near fatal dosage of blood thinner.

The conference, which began on Sunday, continues through Wednesday. For more information about HIMMS, visit