CDT recently hosted the "Implementing Health IT: Progress and Promise" panel at the National Press Club. The event focused on the progress that has been made nine months into the implementation of the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A short video recapping the highlights of the panel discussion can be found here. Moderated by Leslie Harris, CEO and President of CDT, and sponsored by Gemalto, the panel included renowned experts from the field of health IT: Deven McGraw is the Director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT, where she focuses on developing and promoting policies that ensure privacy in health IT. She also serves on the Health IT Policy Committee, a federal advisory committee established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is the Chief Information Officer at both Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. At Beth Israel Deaconess, he is responsible for information technology serving two million patients. Dr. Halamka is also co-chair of the federal Health IT Standards Committee and a practicing emergency physician. Jamie Ferguson, a nationally recognized expert on health information interoperability, is the Executive Director of Health IT Strategy and Policy for Kaiser Permanente. He also serves as co-chair of the Clinical Operations Workgroup of the Health IT Standards Committee. Peter Basch, MD, FACP, is the Senior Fellow for Health IT Policy with the Center for American Progress and serves as the Medical Director for Ambulatory Clinical Systems at MedStar Health, an eight hospital not-for-profit health system in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
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