More than 160 Pennsylvania healthcare leaders are expected to gather at a July 26 planning meeting in Harrisburg for a statewide regional health information organization, the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative. The meeting is being co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, the state's Medicare quality-improvement organization. The effort came in response to President Bush's call last year for most Americans to have access to a portable electronic health record within a decade. "The summit is the next logical step to get all the interested parties together," said Donald Wilson, Quality Insights' medical director. Scheduled speakers include David Brailer, HHS' national coordinator for health information technology; Carolyn Clancy, director of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Suzanne Delbanco, chief executive officer of the Leapfrog Group. -- by Joseph Conn
Pa. groups plan summit for regional information network
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