Vice President Joe Biden, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and national coordinator David Blumenthal will meet today with doctors, nurses, and administrators at Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, according to an announcement from the vice president’s office.
Grants of $1.2 billion will be announced, including $598 million to fund 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers and $564 million for states to develop practices on sharing information with the Nationwide Health Information Network. The grants will be funded under ARRA, with money available in 2010.
The panel discussion will include Peter Ingram, CIO of Sinai Health System, as well as clinicians from Mt. Sinai and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The discussion is not open to the public. A second event will take place Friday in Ohio.
HHS also says it will e-mail everyone who has signed up for the administration’s healthcare updates with the benefits of using healthcare technology. Jeanne Lambrew, director of HHS’s Office of Health Reform, was quoted as saying “All that paperwork is more than just annoying. It wastes time, prevents quick and accurate diagnoses and makes our health care system less efficient. And it simply doesn’t make sense in today’s digital age.”
The government also released a video of Secretary Sebelius touring “first paperless hospital” 83-bed Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, NE in June.