In The News: President Obama highlights National Health IT Week

NEWSWIRE: September 26, 2016
DATELINE: United States of America

President Barack Obama kicked off National IT Week with statements regarding Electronic Health Records adoption and precision medicine advances.

“Over the past 8 years, my Administration and Congress have invested billions of dollars to encourage the adoption of electronic health records, with partners in the public and private sectors playing a major role,” he said “Electronic health records allow physicians, pharmacists, patients, and emergency personnel to access information quickly and securely – enhancing collaboration, improving decision-making, reducing the risk of errors, and putting individuals at the center of their care. Because of our collective efforts, 97 percent of our Nation’s hospitals and three-quarters of doctors are using electronic records to care for their patients.”

He also discussed about Precision Medicine Initiative, a research effort to accelerate innovation and prepare us for a new era of medicine. This new era is all enabled by digital data.

“Precision medicine will help match the latest treatments to individual needs, reducing health disparities and bringing America closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes and overcoming epidemics such as opioid misuse,” he said.

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