ADVISORY/Experts Available To Discuss Health Agencies Improving Health Care Quality

ADVISORY/Experts Available To Discuss Health Agencies Improving Health Care Quality

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–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 4, 2002

TOPIC: The Institute of Medicine says government agencies are improving health care quality and suggests that they share their information and coordinate their efforts, according to an article by The Associated Press. The panel stated that agencies, including Medicare, Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Defense Department TRICARE programs, the Veterans Administration and the Indian Health Service, are redesigning their programs to reduce medical errors and improve quality. The panel also suggested that Congress consider tax credits, subsidized loans or grants to assist development of a national health information system. National Health Information & Technology Week is from November 3-9, 2002, which recognizes the unique contributions health information management and health information technology professionals make to healthcare, especially with regard to improving quality and reducing errors. EXPERTS: ExpertSource can offer several highly qualified experts to comment on this story:

John B. Grotting is an expert on medication and blood transfusion errors, and other patient safety topics-is president and CEO of Bridge Medical, Inc., a patient safety IT company based in southern California. Grotting’s 28 years of healthcare leadership experience includes executive experience at the $2.6-billion Allina Hospitals & Clinics in Minneapolis, Minn. He and Bridge are known throughout the industry for such award-winning efforts as Bridge’s MedPoint patient safety system and the “Beyond Blame” documentary which first drew attention to the problem of medication errors. One of the founders of the new National Alliance for Health Information Technology’s, Grotting has been a national media spokesperson for NAHIT, whose first initiative is barcoding of medications. PR: Carol B. Somer,, 858-314-5538 or cell-703-593-5786

John P. McConnell is the chief executive officer and chairman of A4 Health Systems, provider of computer-based patient record solutions. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Public Health at University of North Carolina. He is also a member of the Med3000 Board of Directors, Chairman of the North Carolina Technology Development Authority Board, and a member of Virginia Tech Foundation Board of Directors. In 1994, McConnell received the North Carolina High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 1995 and 1997 was recognized as one of the Top 100 CEOs in the Nation by CEO Magazine. PR: Jennifer Latimer,, 919-832-6300

Richard H. (Rick) Wade is the American Hospital Association’s senior vice president for Strategic Communications. Wade has held executive positions in healthcare for more than two decades. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, American Hospital Association, and speaks frequently on such topics as emerging healthcare trends, preventing medical errors, patient safety, quality of care, health information technology and healthcare workforce shortages. 202-626-4627,

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