The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this year will be working to pass specific measures on health information technology, said Tom Donohue, the chambers president and chief executive officer, at a news conference.
I believe theres a whole series of issues in healthcare relating to health IT that the chamber could address, such as finding better ways to measure performance among providers, the role of IT in the operation of facilities and establishing better electronic records to find out whos most in need, Donohue said in an interview at the Outlook 2008The State of American Business Conference at the chambers headquarters in Washington.
Improving access to affordable healthcare is on the chambers priority list once again this year, along with other issues relating to education and training, expanding access to American energy, improving the nations immigration policy and eliminating frivolous lawsuits.
Progress has been made on some issues, but overall, a culture of complacency and neglect has defined our national response, Donohue said, adding that Washington has failed to adequately address many of the competitive challenges on the chambers priority list. When asked about his prognosis on the coming presidential election, Donohue responded that whoever gets elected will have to face the same set of issues. From failing schools and crumbling roads, to rising healthcare and energy costsour nation faces some very real problems, he said. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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