David S. Channin, M.D., CPHIMS, chief of Imaging Informatics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, testified before the Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics in Washington, D.C., on the role of systems integration initiatives to improve patient safety. "All healthcare institutions face the challenge of sharing information between numerous heterogeneous computer systems both within their own facilities and between facilities,” said Dr. Channin. “Building a framework for implementing common standards to overcome these issues is what IHE is trying to accomplish. This will foster the appropriate, timely and secure communication of any medical information to support clinical, research and public health needs."

The Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics is composed of policymakers, agency officials, and healthcare technology professionals interested in utilizing information technology to improve patient care. Honorary committee co-chairs are Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.); Mike Crapo (R- ID) and Reps. Ernie Fletcher, M.D. (R-KY); and Rick Boucher (D-VA).

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