David Brailer, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, played host to a two-day meeting last week with his government counterparts from Australia, Canada and Great Britain.
Attending the gathering were: Richard Alvarez, president and chief executive officer of Canada Health Infoway; Richard Granger, director general of National Health Service IT, Great Britain; and Ian Reinecke, CEO of National E-Health Transition Authority, Australia.
At a short news briefing Friday, Brailer said one idea to come out of the meeting was the realization that leaders across the globe see IT as a solution to healthcare problems. Brailer also said nations need to work together in developing common standards since the deployment of healthcare IT solutions is occurring globally.
The three other national IT leaders come from countries where per capita spending on healthcare is considerably lower than it is in the U.S., yet their governments are making significantly larger direct investments in developing their national IT systems, and have been addressing national IT-system deployment longer. The other national leaders were not made available to speak with the media.