There is widespread agreement that greater investment in information technology (IT) is critical to reforming U.S. health care. The use of such technologies as electronic health record systems, personal health records, e-prescribing, and computerized physician order entry holds the potential for vastly improving care at a reasonable cost. The recently enacted economic stimulus legislation included just over $19 billion for health information technology, so major public and private investments in the sector now lie ahead.

At this crucial moment, Health Affairs devotes its forthcoming March-April 2009 issue to health IT—its transformative promise, but also the challenges to its adoption and the substantial dangers it could pose if that adoption is not done right. The issue will be released at a briefing on Tuesday, March 10, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. At the briefing, speakers will discuss the public policy issues surrounding health IT, particularly those raised by the health IT provisions in the stimulus package. Speakers will also discuss pioneering health IT initiatives, the privacy concerns raised by health IT, and industry health IT innovations.

The briefing and the new Health Affairs issue are supported by grants from the Markle Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: JW Marriott [Metro Center], 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20004
RSVP: RSVP online for this event here. For more information call Staci Gorden at 301-652-1558.


Carol Diamond, The Markle Foundation
Linda Dimitropoulos, RTI International
Colin Evans, Dossia Consortium
Robert Kolodner, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology*
Louise Liang, Kaiser Permanente
Deven McGraw, Center for Democracy and Technology
Farzad Mostashari, New York City Department of Health
Peter Neupert, Microsoft Health Solutions Group
Neal Patterson, Cerner Corporation*
Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation
Mark Smith, California HealthCare Foundation
James Walker, Geisinger Health System
Jonathan White, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

* Invited Speakers