Pelosi Promotes Electronic Health Record Efforts

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Oregoncould become a national leader in the effort to create centralized electronichealth records in the U.S., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesdayin Portland, the Oregonian reports. Pelosi said that EHRs areessential for lowering medical costs, reducing medical errors and improvingcare in rural areas.

Pelosi said, "This is the future. I see Oregon taking the lead in that future."Pelosi said that a focus on EHRs will not detract from efforts to increaseaccess to care for the uninsured. "We're not talking about this as somekind of elitist thing for people who already have health care," she said,adding, "We're talking about it as essential."

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Pelosi delivered her comments after a roundtable discussion at Oregon Health & Science University with local medical experts, hospitaladministrators and lawmakers including Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) and Gov. TedKulongoski (D). Pelosi has undertaken an "innovation agenda" duringwhich she will promote technological progress and an increase in the number ofscientists, mathematicians and engineers who graduate from U.S. schools.

In related news, Kulongoski at the meeting announced that Oregon has received $20 million in federalgrants to install broadband cable at rural medical facilities around the state(Esteve, Oregonian, 11/28).

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