Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lt. Governor Mongiardo Addresses Health Leaders at 2009 Kentucky eHealth Summit

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo opened the 2009 Kentucky eHealth Summit yesterday, encouraging state leaders to use the session as an opportunity to work towards finding new solutions in health care for the Commonwealth.

“Healthcare reform is the most important public policy issue facing our nation today,” said Lt. Gov. Mongiardo. “The agenda—global and national initiatives—demonstrates Kentucky's commitment and leadership to improve healthcare.  The focus must be on advancing the quality of care through research and using health information technology (HIT) as a tool to improve efficiency and provide essential information to the clinician at the point of care.”

The Summit also featured notable national healthcare experts, including Kerry Weems, whom the Lieutenant Governor introduced. A respected authority on the expansion of electronic health care, Weems has held numerous senior positions at the US Department of Health and Human Services, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Budget Officer, overseeing a budget exceeding $700 billion.

Other renowned program speakers included Dr. Micky Tripathi, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Dr. John Glaser, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. and Cita M. Furlani, Director of the Information Technology Laboratory.

“Such a robust list of nationally and internationally respected speakers indicates how Kentucky is truly a leader in the eHealth movement,” said Lt. Gov. Mongiardo.

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