Interview with National Health Information Technology Coordinator David Brailer, MD, PhD

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:E328
  1. Anne Harding, science writer and editor
  1. Maplewood, New Jersey

    Before becoming the United States' first information technology czar on May 6, Dr David J Brailer was senior fellow at the Health Technology Center in San Francisco, and spent 10 years as CEO and chairman of CareScience, Inc. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in economics from the Wharton School. This July, Dr Brailer released a strategic plan with four major goals for his office: placing electronic health records in physicians' hands, developing a national interconnectivity network, boosting consumer access to personal health information, and improving surveillance and monitoring related to population health improvement. This month, BMJ spoke to Dr Brailer about the state of health information technology in this country and the future.

    Could you give a progress report on your efforts?

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    David Brailer, MD, PhD

    We're now identifying the key priorities that are the precursors to many of the other steps, and… setting up a variety of federal teams and even private sector initiatives to move forward key elements of the plan. There's a health care technology leadership panel of Fortune 50 manufacturing, transportation, and financial services CEOs coming together to make commentary on the macroeconomic conditions with health information technology adoption. There is an internal budget process that's being worked through to determine whether or not a proposal will be made to Congress for investment in this area. There are …

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