S.Res. 262 (112th): A resolution designating the week beginning on September 12, 2011, and ending on September 16, 2011, as ...

...“National Health Information Technology Week” to recognize the value of health information technology in improving health quality.

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 13, 2011 (Resolution Agreed to).

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III

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 262

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 13, 2011

(for herself and Ms. Snowe) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating the week beginning on September 12, 2011, and ending on September 16, 2011, as National Health Information Technology Week to recognize the value of health information technology in improving health quality.

Whereas healthcare information technology and management systems have been recognized as essential tools for improving patient care, ensuring patient safety, stopping duplicative tests and paperwork, and reducing health care costs;

Whereas the Center for Information Technology Leadership has estimated that the implementation of national standards for interoperability and the exchange of health information would save the United States approximately $77,000,000,000 in expenses relating to healthcare each year;

Whereas Congress has made a commitment to leveraging the benefits of healthcare information technology and management systems, including supporting the adoption of electronic health records that will help to reduce costs and improve quality while ensuring the privacy of patients;

Whereas Congress has emphasized improving the quality and safety of delivery of healthcare in the United States; and

Whereas since 2006, organizations across the United States have united to support National Health Information Technology Week to improve public awareness of the benefits of improved quality and cost efficiency of the healthcare system that the implementation of health information technology could achieve: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

(1)

designates the week beginning on September 12, 2011, and ending on September 16, 2011, as National Health Information Technology Week;

(2)

recognizes the value of information technology and management systems in transforming healthcare for the people of the United States; and

(3)

calls on all interested parties to promote the use of information technology and management systems to transform the healthcare system of the United States.