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Computer Systems Policy Project Chairman Craig Barrett Named to Key Bush Administration eHealth Panel

Published Sunday, November 13, 2005

Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced that Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel Corporation and the Computer Systems Policy Project, has been named to a key federal commission charged with advising the Secretary on how to make health information digital and interoperable. CSPP is a CEO policy advocacy group focused on ensuring U.S. competitiveness through technology leadership.

Dr. Barrett was one of 16 leaders from the health-care, technology and advocacy sectors to be named to the American Health Information Community panel, which will be chaired by Secretary Leavitt.

"It is an honor to be named a member of the American Heath Information Community,” said Barrett. “Our nation has a complex and fragmented healthcare system. Thousands go without basic healthcare, even as consumers, U.S.-based corporations and the government struggle with rising costs. Using information technology to reverse this trend, and to improve the quality and efficiency of health care, is key to our nation's competitiveness.”

“The American Health Information Community has the opportunity to outline courses of action. I look forward to working with government and industry representatives on this important issue,” added Barrett.

Among other things, Dr. Barrett and other panel members will advise the Secretary as the Bush Administration works towards the President’s goal of most Americans using electronic health records within 10 years. Electronic health records combined with a networked system that shares health information provide the critical underpinnings of a modern health-care system that enables health-care providers to provide a higher quality of holistic care at lower costs to Americans.

“Information technology has the power to transform health care just as it has nearly every other part of our economy and society. The formation of the AHIC presents an important opportunity to bring the key players together and agree on a framework to share health information,” said Bruce Mehlman, CSPP’ Executive Director. “CSPP is honored to serve on this critical panel tackling one of the biggest challenges: ensuring that common standards are used so health information is accessible to both doctors and patients.”

CSPP companies generate over $300 billion in annual revenues and employ over 750,000 workers. Founded in 1989, its members include Barrett, Michael R. Splinter, President and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc., Kevin B. Rollins, President and CEO of Dell Inc., Joseph M. Tucci, President and CEO of EMC Corporation, Mark V. Hurd, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company, Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman and CEO of IBM Corporation, Ed Zander, Chairman and CEO of Motorola, Inc., William Nuti, President and CEO of NCR Corporation, and Joseph McGrath, President and CEO of Unisys Corporation.

About the Computer Systems Policy Project

The Computer Systems Policy Project is a CEO policy advocacy group focused on ensuring U.S. competitiveness through technology leadership. The CSPP CEOs visit Washington twice annually to meet with lawmakers about policy issues of importance to the high-tech industry and work throughout the year to promote education, analysis and recommendations. For more information, please visit www.cspp.org.