Speaker Pelosi Visits To Discuss Sharing Health Care Information

OPB | Nov. 27, 2007 8:39 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:18 a.m. | Portland, OR

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By Kristian Foden-Vencil

The speaker of the U.S. House was in Oregon  Tuesday to talk about ways the nation’s health care information can be put on computers safely. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, she was impressed with the work happening here.

Many doctors already put your health records on a computer. The problem comes when you want to take the information and share it with another doctor — who isn’t on the same system.

House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and others want to develop a nationwide computer format, to allow all records be shared. She talked with doctors, HMO representatives and entrepreneurs at OHSU for about an hour.

Nancy Pelosi: “This has been an initiative of a couple of years and I can think of no day in all of that period of time that has been more inspiring or more encouraging than what I heard here today.”

About half of all physicians in Oregon take your information during a doctor’s visit and put it on a computer. That compares to only about 25 percent nationwide.


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