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  • Health IT Investments Should Enable People to Download Their Own Information at the Click of a Blue Button | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    like summaries of doctor visits medications you are currently taking or test results Being able to have your own electronic copies and share them as you need to with your doctors is a first step in truly enabling people to engage in their health care said Carol Diamond MD MPH managing director at Markle This capability is not common today but we have the opportunity to make it a basic expectation especially now that billions of public dollars will be flowing to help subsidize health information technology Diamond said The paper is being released as Medicare and the U S Veterans Administration VA prepare to implement a blue button this fall that will for the first time allow beneficiaries to electronically download their claims or medical information in a common format from the My Medicare gov and My HealtheVet secure websites President Obama announced the blue button for veterans in an August 3 address For the first time ever veterans will be able to go to the VA website click a simple blue button and download or print your personal health records so you have them when you need them and can share them with your doctors outside of the VA the President said The Markle collaboration s recommendations are timely because the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires that individuals be able to receive electronic copies of their records from providers electronic health record systems In addition new federal economic stimulus rules require health care providers and hospitals to deliver electronic copies of things like lists of medications after visit summaries and lab results if they choose to participate in federal subsidies for using health information technology The Markle policy recommendations reflect consensus on one means by which this can be accomplished today securely and efficiently The group details privacy policies and practices for implementing the download capability with sound authentication and security safeguards and suggests practices to help individuals make informed choices about downloading their information For example it recommends specific language to remind individuals not to download or store their personal health information on shared computers Christine Bechtel vice president of the National Partnership for Women Families and a member of the federal Health IT Policy Committee supported the Markle policy paper People see a lot of different health care providers over time so giving them a convenient option to securely assemble their health information from multiple sources will help them better manage and coordinate their own care Bechtel said This capability is one of the simplest and most direct ways of helping patients and families see the benefits of the federal health IT investments that they as taxpayers have helped fund The proposed privacy policies build on the Markle Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information a set of recommended practices for individual access to information and privacy The framework first released in 2006 is widely supported by a range of technology companies insurers provider groups and consumer and privacy advocates We recommend specific privacy policies

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  • New Markle Survey Finds US Public and Doctors Alike Support 'Blue Button' for Downloading Health Information | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Survey on Health in a Networked Life 2010 the first of its kind to compare public and doctor priorities for health information technology will be previewed at the Health 2 0 conference this week in San Francisco Seventy percent of the public and 65 percent of the doctors agreed with the concept of a blue button that you can click to download your own health information said Carol Diamond MD MPH Managing Director at the New York based non profit Markle Foundation Medicare and the U S Department of Veterans Affairs VA are preparing this fall for the first time ever for beneficiaries and veterans to have a blue button to download their claims or medical information from the MyMedicare gov and My HealtheVet secure Web sites With U S veterans now gaining access to a blue button and Medicare beneficiaries soon to follow these surveys indicate solid majorities of support among the public and doctors polled Diamond said This represents a remarkable agreement between the general population and doctors Diamond said In fact only 7 percent of the public and only 15 percent of the doctors disagreed with a statement that patients should be able to download copies of their pertinent health information The new Markle survey offers a first ever comparison of public and physician views on key issues surrounding health information technology including their views on the new federal incentives to stimulate use of health IT Different thematic elements of the findings will be released in coming months The new federal rules require health care providers and hospitals to give patients electronic copies of their lists of medications after visit summaries lab results and other pertinent information in order to qualify for an estimated 27 billion in federal subsidies for using health information technology The program now being rolled out as required by the Recovery Act is designed to make the sharing of patient information more efficient Sixty two percent of the public and 49 percent of the doctors surveyed said that for the billions in dollars of federal incentives to be well spent it s important for the program to set requirements that participating doctors and hospitals supply patients with electronic copies of their personal health information Only 8 percent of the public and 21 percent of the doctors felt that providing electronic copies to patients was not an important requirement for the program But overwhelming majorities of the public and of doctors surveyed also want to make sure the money comes with privacy safeguards As with our past surveys we found that privacy protections are a high priority Diamond said When asked about requirements necessary to make sure that federal incentive money for health IT would be well spent more than 80 percent of both the public and doctors said privacy safeguards were important Despite the strong support for the idea of downloading personal health information 83 percent of the public said they never ask for their information in electronic format The vast majority of

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  • 'Blue Button' Apps Show How to Turn Health Data Downloads into Helpful Tools | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Data Downloads into Helpful Tools Publication Date October 7 2010 SAN FRANCISCO The Markle Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation s Pioneer Portfolio today recognized a set of innovations that convert simple health data downloads into useful tools to help U S veterans improve their health The foundations sponsored the Blue Button Developer Challenge to stimulate innovation and encourage doctors hospitals pharmacies insurers and personal health information services to let their customers securely download their medical information at the click of a blue button The US Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare have led the way by preparing to offer a blue button on their password protected online portals to give veterans and beneficiaries the option of downloading copies of their medical or claims information Downloading your information is only the first step to making use of it said Carol Diamond MD MPH managing director at Markle The real winner of this challenge is the consumer because so many different approaches and ideas emerged to help patients put their information to good use Adobe s Blue Button Health Assistant received the top prize from a distinguished panel of judges Craig Newmark founder of craigslist org Steve Findlay MPH Senior Health Policy Analyst Consumers Union James Ralston MD MPH Associate Investigator Group Health Research Institute and Steve Downs of RWJF The foundations and the judges recognized the other finalists Microsoft MedCommons and RememberItNow I was impressed that the challenge finalists took fairly unfriendly raw data and made it readable usable and easy to share in different ways said Steve Downs assistant vice president Health Group Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Within the very tight time frame of this contest we are just scratching the surface of what is possible I m looking forward to tools that we haven t even imagined For the challenge Markle and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked participants to develop a web based tool that uses test blue button downloads from the VA or Medicare to help patients stay healthy and manage their care This competition was a great reminder that we each should be actively engaged in our own health and that there s great potential in online tools to help us make sense of our information Newmark said As we have seen with other technology a relatively simple step like making your health information downloadable as the VA and Medicare are doing can be revolutionary Ralston an internist and pioneer in using electronic personal health records PHRs to engage patients said The contents of the blue button download provide a good foundation for tools that help patients share information with various providers I was pleased to see many of the entries focus on communication of critical information between doctors and patients Findlay of Consumers Union emphasized not only the criteria for usefulness and usability but also the privacy requirements of the challenge Many consumers want convenient secure access to their personal health information and connections to their providers but only when their privacy and security

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  • Chinese Turn to Internet for Entertainment and Connecting With Others, as Number of Broadband Connections Increase in China | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    on the Internet should be controlled According to the survey few Chinese Internet users are aware of government web sites despite the government s increasing investment in such projects Many Chinese believe that the Internet will increase political transparency 48 percent of Internet users believe that by going on line the Chinese will learn more about politics and 60 of users believe the Internet will provide more opportunities for criticizing the government The survey found that early adopters of the Internet in China are younger than 30 employed single live in urban areas and have higher than average levels of income and education University professors other educators and college graduates are using the Internet heavily Eighty five percent of the content which Chinese Internet users explore originates in China At present Internet users make up only eight percent of the population of mainland China indicating there is still much room for growth in the use of the Internet in China according to the survey Chinese use the Internet to seek either entertainment or information about entertainment as well as to communicate with like minded people on line Chinese Internet users indicate that they go on line for news more than for anything else but that much of the news they seek is related to entertainment In China to date the Internet has become an entertainment and communication highway but not an information highway said Professor Guo Liang of the Research Center for Social Development of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences of Beijing who conducts the survey with the support of the Markle Foundation a New York based philanthropy which focuses on information technology Mainland Chinese use the Internet more for entertainment and chatting than for seeking information or news or for working or studying added Professor Guo at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC where he released the English language version Surveying Internet Usage and Impact in Five Chinese Cities this morning The Internet is profoundly transforming China s economy and society said Jeffrey Bader director of The Brookings Institution China Initiative Guo Liang is one of the foremost experts in China both on the technical aspects of the Internet s operation and on its impact on Chinese life We are delighted to have him come to Brookings to present the findings of his study The survey also tracked the kinds of information Chinese seek on the Internet and how much they trust such information While 83 5 of Internet users seek information on the web the majority of that information pertains to entertainment not traditional news Only 48 of users believe that Internet content is reliable and majorities of Chinese believe that certain kinds of content on the web should be controlled including the following categories of information pornography 84 7 violence 72 6 and junk messages or spam 51 9 Among other findings Professor Guo and his colleagues identified the following Eighty percent of the surveyed individuals younger than 24 years of age use the Internet and

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  • Joint Statement on ‘Meaningful Use’ Rule | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Joint Statement on Meaningful Use Rule Publication Date July 13 2010 WASHINGTON DC The Markle Foundation the Center for American Progress and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings today emphasized the importance of new federal rules on health information technology The U S Department of Health and Human Services today released regulations on implementing an incentive program for Meaningful Use of electronic health records EHRs The program authorized under the 2009 economic stimulus Recovery Act represents the largest investment in modernizing health information technology in U S history These regulations provide a promising foundation for encouraging the effective use of health information to improve patient care With coming payment reforms these incentives will give doctors and hospitals needed support for improving health care quality and efficiency said Mark B McClellan MD PhD Director Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution The two words are critical together meaningful and use said Carol Diamond MD MPH managing director of the Markle Foundation The final rule has added flexibility to encourage providers to participate in the first phase of this critical effort to improve health promote efficiency drive innovation and protect privacy Now providers and patients can strive for meaningful use of modern information tools This marks a new beginning in the effort to infuse the health sector with the power of information said Peter Basch MD senior fellow at the Center for American Progress In the long run there is much more to be done to align quality and efficiency in care through health care and payment reform Basch said But today this incentive program provides a vital boost for doctors and hospitals to invest now in health IT and its optimal use for improving outcomes coordinating care and engaging their patients in health improvement For the past 18 months the three organizations convened a broad collaboration of experts and organizations to advise HHS on the new rules focusing on setting ambitious but achievable targets for the following priorities Establishing goals and metrics in terms of improving health and efficiency not mere purchase of technology Embracing patient engagement as a key aspect of Meaningful Use Adopting a phased approach to allow for technology development and testing at initial stages Prioritizing requirements for reporting quality results to avoid unnecessary burdens on physicians and hospitals Shaping technology requirements in a way that encourages innovation We congratulate the many people who worked on the essential details to govern this program Markle the Center for American Progress and the Engelberg Center at Brookings said in a joint statement The requirements must be ambitious enough to make the investments worthwhile but not so onerous that they discourage large numbers of doctors and hospitals from participating We look forward to reviewing the final rule in detail The Markle Foundation works to realize the full potential of information and information technology to address critical public needs

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  • AMA & Markle Foundation Present PHR Survey Research at HIMSS | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos AMA Markle Foundation Present PHR Survey Research at HIMSS Publication Date March 3 2010 ATLANTA GA The American Medical Association AMA and the Markle Foundation joined together to conduct coordinated surveys that examine physician and patient views of electronic personal health records PHRs Selected results of these surveys are being presented today at the 2010 HIMSS Conference in Atlanta Our surveys over the years have found that large numbers of consumers see the benefits of accessing their health information and connecting to health services online Our work with the AMA validates that many doctors also see the potential of this rapidly evolving technology said Carol Diamond MD MPH managing director at the Markle Foundation By asking physicians and patients comparable questions about PHRs we see that patients and physicians have some similar and some contrasting views Members of both groups often agree on the potential of PHRs to help individual patients and their families better manage their care but many doctors also express important concerns about PHR use like privacy and accuracy of data said Matthew Wynia MD MPH director of the Institute for Ethics at the AMA Four out of five Americans believe using an online PHR would provide major benefits to individuals in managing their health and health care services with 86 percent or higher saying that PHRs could help them avoid duplicated tests keep doctors informed move more easily from doctor to doctor check the accuracy of their medical records and track personal health expenses While less than 20 percent of physicians have significant experience using PHRs half agree that PHRs can help empower patients to participate in their care and 44 percent are willing to make use of PHRs as part of their clinical work Both patients and physicians cited privacy as a chief concern with PHRs Of those surveyed 87 to 92 percent of consumers said that privacy protection would factor into their decision to use an online PHR Similarly 70 percent of physicians agreed that PHRs may not have adequate privacy protections Other concerns cited among physicians include the possibility that PHRs could contain inaccurate information 79 to 85 percent were concerned about this create liability risks 76 percent and that physicians would not be reimbursed for time spent reviewing PHRs 63 percent The great majority of physicians haven t used PHRs yet so these concerns reflect expectations more than current practice Dr Wynia said These surveys can help us understand and proactively address physicians and patients hopes and concerns about PHRs which is critical to moving forward and using these new tools effectively said Dr Wynia Today s presentation provides some interesting glimpses into attitudes among doctors and the public as health IT tools become more widespread and much more study is needed said Josh Lemieux director of personal health technology at Markle It s increasingly important to understand how individuals use

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  • Resources | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    we need to connect both and put opportunity within reach Imagine the possibilities if businesses use concrete skill sets as their benchmarks for employment and education and training providers offered credentials that identify a job seeker s capabilities We could open doors for so many who are ready to tackle a wide range of work and who want the opportunity to thrive in today s economy Colorado has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country but we know there is still work to do especially for middle skill jobs said Gov John Hickenlooper Innovative approaches like Rework America Connected will help end the skills mismatch and create a transparent job market that offers Coloradans a chance at a career path with real advancement potential aligning with the goals of the new Business Experiential Learning Commission Rework America Connected will provide cutting edge technology tools and resources to job seekers employers and educators from data and dashboards on industry specific talent needs to flexible innovative educational and training content from online providers like community colleges and boot camps It will also deploy a sophisticated recruitment effort to engage and connect middle skill workers of all types a population that is often underserved and disconnected from job opportunities and education tools LinkedIn s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce said LinkedIn VP Product Management and Co Founder Allen Blue With Rework America Connected we are taking another step towards achieving that vision Through greater transparency between employers educators and job seekers we re aiming to create greater economic opportunity for middle skilled workers Working with Rework America Connected we will empower organizations to create high quality online learning experiences and credentials valued by employers to help job seekers gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers said edX President and COO Wendy Cebula Employers welcomed Rework America Connected as an important tool to help expand their business Across the state advanced manufacturing companies deal with the challenge of finding skilled workers to fit our needs which is why Rework America Connected will create a bridge to help our industry grow said Noel Ginsburg Intertech Plastics CEO We have more need for skilled workers than ever before and we are excited to use Rework America Connected to find new employees and help Colorado s economy continue to excel Colorado will be the first state in the nation to participate in Rework America Connected and Phoenix will the first city Rework America Connected chose these locations for their track record and commitment to job creation education and innovation as well as their commitment to building partnerships aimed at improving the lives of its citizens Employers job seekers educational institutions and community based organizations interested in participating in the program are welcome to visit www reworkamericaconnected org to join the coalition or sign up for more information Rework America Connected can also be found on Facebook at Rework America and on Twitter ReworkAmerica Rework America Connected is a key part of the Markle Foundation s Rework America initiative which is driving real solutions to the disruptive changes brought on by technology and globalization Rework America s 56 members are leaders from across a diverse spectrum who work to drive innovations to create opportunities for Americans in today s networked economy Most recently Markle s members collectively authored the book America s Moment Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age which calls on leaders from all sectors to create new paths for good and meaningful work offers an agenda for action and outlines recommendations to navigate the changing economic landscape of the connected age Media Contact email protected About Markle and Rework America Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security health and national security of all Americans Markle s current initiative Rework America is focused on accelerating innovations that use the forces of technology and globalization to return opportunities to Americans in today s rapidly changing networked economy For more information visit markle org follow the foundation on Twitter MarkleFdn and visit http www ReworkAmerica org press release media release America s Moment Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age New book redefines ways Americans can thrive in the digital economy In a time of deep polarization America s Moment provides an important service by developing a tangible and workable way forward for America s most pressing policy problems Arthur C Brooks president of the American Enterprise Institute For anyone looking for insights and inspiration on navigating the 21st century economy this is essential reading Reid Hoffman co founder and chairman of LinkedIn America s Moment redefines the biggest economic transformation this country has seen in a century Arianna Huffington cofounder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post This wise book is a roadmap for restoring the American Dream Walter Isaacson president and CEO of Aspen Institute The Aspen Journal of Ideas NEW YORK NY In the midst of the biggest economic transformation in 100 years one that has left millions of Americans uncertain of their future technology and globalization are not a threat but an opportunity to reshape the future write a diverse group of leaders across America in the collectively authored book America s Moment Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age Released this week America s Moment is a call to action at a critical moment in history as a wave of digital technological and marketplace transformations have fundamentally altered the very nature of work Through a compelling lens that looks at examples of innovative entrepreneurs small businesses and Americans across the country America s Moment demonstrates how our lives have been impacted by the country s economic transformation and how we can rework America for the 21st century economy The book calls on leaders from all sectors to use technology to create new paths for good and meaningful work offers an agenda for action and outlines recommendations to navigate the changing economic landscape of the connected age It is part of a major commitment from the Markle Foundation s Rework America initiative whose 56 leaders are driving actions to expand opportunities for employment and learning The Markle Foundation pledged 50 million over three years to advance Rework America offering a vision as well as partnerships to connect Americans to opportunity America s Moment is a call to participate in the most vital undertaking for America in the 21st Century said Zoë Baird CEO and president of Markle who leads Rework America and who wrote the book s preface It is unacceptable in our nation for economic well being to be out of reach for so many hard working Americans Everyone must once again feel their efforts can lead to endless possibilities The forces of globalization and technological change can also be the tools we use to make sure all Americans are included in this transformation We need leaders to share and build on this agenda to secure meaningful work for all Americans America s Moment is not just another book describing the problem It is a call to action at a critical juncture in our nation s life to create more good work prepare Americans for 21st century careers and connect job seekers with opportunities The book offers solutions on a broad front and proposes dozens of recommendations for action to accomplish these goals Among them Preparing Americans for the lives they want through new affordable flexible and personalized higher education options beyond high school to supplement the college path There need to be many ways to learn and train for the work of the future over the course of a lifetime Better matching Americans to opportunities through new credential systems that recognize an individual s abilities and by providing transparent and accessible information on skills required by employers Creating more jobs in America by linking American small businesses and entrepreneurs to the world of buyers for goods and services Creating growth potential for job creating small businesses by expanding access to capital and credit that is currently parked on the sidelines and Enabling many more career paths to well compensated work by using technology to deliver information to workers when they need it The daunting challenges of the new economy demand new ideas new types of leadership and new partnerships both public and private said co author and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Business education and government leaders can work collaboratively to grow our economy invest in education and create good jobs We have to step up and take responsibility if we want to prepare the workforce of tomorrow America s Moment shows us the steps that America must take to turn today s challenges into opportunities said co author Geoffrey Canada president of the non profit Harlem Children s Zone The digital technology revolution has given us incredible new tools for learning and ways to turn the corner on the financial anxiety and job insecurity that are haunting so many Americans We now have the ability to expand the number of pathways to learning and to rethink how every individual can be ensured of a pathway to opportunity and employment explained ASU President and co author Michael Crow With the technological tools available to us today we can advance flexible and personalized learning systems and generate new market ready credentials based on an individual s demonstrated knowledge America s Moment serves as an important reminder that we are stronger as a nation when everyone gets an equal chance to achieve success said co author Howard Schultz chief executive officer and chairman Starbucks With millions of Americans completely disconnected from the economy we need the leadership creativity and courage of the private sector working with communities and everyday citizens to create meaningful lifelong opportunities for all Technology and globalization are not our biggest challenge they are our greatest opportunity The world economy is set to more than triple in size in the next 15 years said Robert K Steel co author of America s Moment and CEO Perella Weinberg Partners Looking at the Internet alone there were a billion users in 2006 now there are three billion and growing American small businesses can use openings created by the Internet for much more digitized commerce They can produce goods and services that are valued around the world and connect directly to millions of potential new international customers Technology and platforms have created the opportunity for small and medium size businesses to connect with and sell to customers anywhere in the world something which was completely unheard of 20 or 30 years ago said co author James Manyika Director McKinsey Global Institute They will be the engine that powers America s future growth The exponentially expanding capabilities of information technology have precipitated the greatest economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution said Craig Mundie president of Mundie Associates former Chief Research and Strategy Officer for Microsoft and co author of the book We need to rethink how we optimally invest going forward to innovate in education training and credentialing And leaders need to shine a light on the ideas and policies that will secure our economic future and most importantly recognize the very real dangers to our economy and national security that will come from continued inaction We must ensure that all Americans especially Americans in underserved communities have full access to the tools of the digital revolution said co author Antonia Hernandez President and CEO California Community Foundation Leaders across sectors must prioritize investing in these communities by expanding programs that make the Internet widely available that provide caring mentors and that help at risk young people develop their untapped potential and learn valued skills America has come through profound economic transformations before and we can successfully do it again said co author and Markle Visiting Director Philip Zelikow We reworked American institutions when we transitioned from an agrarian society to the industrial age This is what is needed today A number of programs will be forthcoming from Rework America and its partners to help create scalable actions A program expected to be unveiled later this month will provide cutting edge technology tools and resources to benefit middle skill job seekers employers and educational providers in partnership with local governments And in the coming months Rework America will focus on driving actions across the country and injecting the unique opportunities of the digital economy into the 2016 presidential election conversation How can there be so many paths to opportunity with so few people travelling them asked Ms Baird Imagine the America we want to live in with good jobs and ways to prepare for them opportunities to build businesses the excitement and not fear of innovation and a chance to create a better life for oneself This is the America we want our children to inherit Rework America will promote ideas and actions to enable all Americans to dream again For more visit http www markle org and http www ReworkAmerica org Media Contact Lisa MacSpadden or Chris Valens 212 713 7632 email protected About Markle Markle works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security health and national security of all Americans Markle s current initiative is focused on accelerating innovations that use the forces of technology and globalization to return opportunities to Americans in today s rapidly changing networked economy For more information visit markle org and follow us on Twitter MarkleFdn Rework America Rework America an initiative of the Markle Foundation is a partnership focused on driving solutions to the changes brought by today s networked world Rework America s 60 members are leaders from across the political spectrum working in the business education government and nonprofit sectors to identify and develop new ways for Americans to grow their businesses create new jobs and develop the skills they need to participate in this new economy For more information visit ReworkAmerica org and follow us on Twitter ReworkAmerica press release media release Markle Foundation Announces Leadership Appointments NEW YORK NY Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird today announced the appointment of Robert Khedouri as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer and Wan Lae Cheng as Senior Director Both will build on an already diverse and talented team committed to furthering Markle s mission to improve the economic security health and national security of all Americans Currently Markle is engaged in a nationwide effort to advance transformative strategies that create paths for good and meaningful work for all Americans in the digital age Rework America the Markle Economic Future Initiative is a group of more than 50 leaders from across America focused on driving innovations in business education and training to ensure all Americans have a meaningful place in the new economy Robert and Wan Lae are important appointments for Markle as they bring extensive experience and add the necessary leadership and depth that will help us drive Rework America said Zoë Baird CEO and president of the Markle Foundation Their strength in building teams and developing comprehensive strategies across sectors will be instrumental as our initiative moves forward Markle recognizes that America is in the midst of the greatest economic transformation in over a hundred years said Robert Khedouri Through Rework America Markle has a vision for making opportunity available for everyone I very much look forward to working with Markle s talented team and helping to lead this important national initiative As someone who strongly believes in the promise of the American Dream I am honored to join Markle said Wan Lae Cheng Markle is an innovative forward thinking organization with the ability to impact the lives of millions of Americans I look forward working closely with our partners to make the Initiative s vision a reality About Robert Khedouri Most recently Robert Khedouri was Co Founder and Director at PeerIQ a financial information services company in the peer to peer loan space He was previously Co Founder and Co CEO of MusicGremlin a venture backed startup that pioneered the delivery of digital media content direct to wireless devices Following the sale of MusicGremlin to SanDisk in 2008 Robert held senior executive positions at SanDisk for several years most recently as GM of the Software Solutions Division Earlier in his career Robert was a corporate attorney with Cravath Swaine Moore where he represented banks and issuers in a variety of public and private debt and equity issuances mergers acquisitions and other corporate matters and also a consultant at McKinsey Company where his clients included a variety of technology companies financial institutions and media companies Robert holds a B S E with concentrations in finance and real estate from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a J D from the University of Pennsylvania law school About Wan Lae Cheng Wan Lae served as Associate Principal at McKinsey Company since 2008 where her experience crossed the public private and social sectors Wan Lae focused on strategy organizational transformations and innovation with non profit higher education systems foundations and private sector companies in the education space She also led McKinsey s research on student attitudes as it relates to college completion and worked on topics related to Common Core assessments and implementation Prior to McKinsey Wan Lae worked for MDRC in Oakland CA a public policy firm specializing in large scale randomized control trials where she led site selection pilot design and data collection for federal studies on employment retention and advancement for the U S Department of Labor and U S Department of Health and Human Services Wan Lae holds a bachelor s degree from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs and an MBA from the Columbia Business School For more visit http www markle org and http www ReworkAmerica org Media Contact Lisa MacSpadden or William Herbig 212 713 7632 email protected About Markle Markle works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security health and national security of all Americans Markle s current initiative is focused on accelerating innovations that use the forces of technology and globalization to return opportunities to Americans in today s rapidly changing networked economy For more information visit markle org and follow us on Twitter MarkleFdn Rework America Rework America an initiative of the Markle Foundation is a partnership focused on driving solutions to the changes brought by today s networked world Rework America s 60 members are leaders from across the political spectrum working in the business education government and nonprofit sectors to identify and develop new ways for Americans to grow their businesses create new jobs and develop the skills they need to participate in this new economy For more information visit ReworkAmerica org and follow us on Twitter ReworkAmerica press release media release REWORK AMERICA Markle Economic Future Initiative NEW YORK NY During the closing plenary of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative CGI Annual Meeting President Bill Clinton today announced REWORK AMERICA the Markle Economic Future Initiative s CGI Commitment to Action REWORK AMERICA is an extraordinary partnership focused on the changes brought about by today s networked world The Markle Economic Future Initiative will help drive innovations that expand opportunities for employment and broaden ways for all Americans to learn and train for the work of the future Co chaired by Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird and Starbucks chairman president and ceo Howard Schultz the Markle Economic Future Initiative brings together a broad collaboration of entrepreneurs technology leaders CEOs educators community and religious leaders and other partners to empower all Americans to succeed in today s digital economy The members believe it will take strong leadership in these transformational times to advance actions that help all Americans gain access to the resources they need to share in the benefits of the new economy Markle is committing 50 million dollars to REWORK AMERICA The members of REWORK AMERICA share a vision of a hopeful future for our nation one in which the changes brought about by a networked world work for us and where more Americans are optimistic about their chances for learning training and employment In a collective point of view reworkamerica org the members offer their thoughts for pairing ideas with powerful actions to accelerate innovations that return opportunities to all Americans While uncertainty and pessimism about the future remain high there is a strong foundation on which to rebuild In fact 70 percent of middle class Americans in a recent Markle commissioned national survey said they want the chance to advance their education and training to learn new skills in math science and technology Eighty six percent agreed that learning throughout one s lifetime is critical to keeping up in today s world And nearly 9 out of 10 middle class Americans expressed support for access to resources that can help American small businesses expand into new markets There is no challenge more important for the strength of our nation than the challenge of advancing economic opportunity for all Americans said Markle CEO and President and Markle Economic Future Initiative co chair Zoë Baird Americans are known for their creativity and entrepreneurship By mastering innovations in learning and business growth we can reach for a better future in which all Americans prosper in the networked world Technology is making it easier than ever to tap into learning that is more flexible affordable and personalized It also is creating new ways for Americans to work or to start and grow a business aided by tech platforms that can bring the world s growing middle class as potential customers to our tablets We need to enable Americans to connect with buyers around the world and to bring the operational power and insight of large businesses into the hands of small entrepreneurs and main street businesses And 21st century learning options are needed to develop credentials that correlate with work that will carry Americans into the future and enable people to keep learning throughout their lives I have long believed the best investment a leader can make is in their own people and their futures said Howard Schultz chairman president and ceo of Starbucks and co chair of the Markle Economic Future Initiative Today too many of our youth believe the American Dream is impossible to achieve It s more important now than ever for business community and government leaders to come together to create pathways to opportunity for young Americans to become the kind of leaders who will move our country forward Together we can create a future where the doors to opportunity are shut on no one and access to the American Dream is open to everyone Markle has long taken a leadership role with collaborations that use technology tools to address previously intractable public problems including overcoming obstacles to economic growth The recent Starbucks Arizona State University partnership inspired by the Markle Initiative is one example of a groundbreaking prototype for creating opportunities that rethink learning skill development and readiness for the work of the future The innovative plan will provide access to an online college education at ASU for thousands of Starbucks partners employees in the United States Collaborations with other educational institutions and businesses are also currently being developed to help Americans navigate the new economy We are in a period of momentous change in America said Purdue University President and Initiative member Mitchell E Daniels Jr former governor of Indiana and former director of the Office of Management and Budget One of our most important assets has always been the knowledge and skills of our workforce and the nation s economic success will depend on our effectiveness at educating students in an increasingly technological world But we can no longer rely on traditional strengths alone to prepare for the 21st century economy We must reimagine the way we teach and use today s new tools to design educational platforms that foster the skills today s employers say they prize most Many students are leaving college laden with debt often to discover that employment is yet another challenge said ASU President and Initiative member Michael Crow But this doesn t have to be We now have the ability to expand the pathways to learning and to rethink how every individual can be ensured of a pathway to opportunity and employment With new learning technologies and tools we can advance flexible and personalized learning and generate new market ready credentials based on demonstrated knowledge rather than only the more traditional pathways of post secondary education These new opportunities allow learning to be pursued at all times and in any venue More than ever education is the single most reliable way to break the cycle of generational poverty said Geoffrey Canada Initiative member and president of the non profit Harlem Children s Zone The digital technology revolution has given us incredible new tools for learning but it also raises the educational bar for future generations For that reason it is incumbent on our country to increase access to all of our young people and Rework America is a terrific step in that direction Initiative member and chairman and CEO of salesforce com Marc Benioff said We re in the middle of an incredible transformation driven by new social mobile and connected cloud technologies By embracing these new technologies we can prepare our youth for the jobs of tomorrow and encourage entrepreneurs to build new companies to propel our economy forward In order to restore the American dream in order to bring back hope and promise for so many people in this nation we need strong visionary leadership said Reverend Calvin Butts III pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury and Initiative member Leadership has to be more than just strong and visionary in the sense of rhetoric it has to be ready to take risks Americans have always been good at innovation and seizing a challenge and making it work for them said Initiative member and Leavitt Partners Chairman Michael Leavitt the former governor of Utah and a former cabinet official But we need to recognize this is a genuine challenge and that we need to take steps to help build new jobs and new skills for the future And the sooner we do this the better For more information visit www reworkamerica org and www markle org Media Contact Lisa MacSpadden or William Herbig 212 713 7632 email protected About Markle Markle works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security health and national security of all Americans Markle s current initiative is focused on accelerating innovations that use the forces of technology and globalization to return opportunities to Americans in today s rapidly changing networked economy For more information visit markle org and follow us on Twitter MarkleFdn Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B Carter Joins Markle Foundation NEW YORK NY Markle President Zoe Baird today announced the appointment of former Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr Ashton B Carter as Senior Executive at the Markle Foundation He will help develop the Markle Economic Future Initiative along with Baird and Initiative co chair Howard Schultz chairman president and ceo of Starbucks The Initiative is advancing transformative strategies that use technology and globalization to help all Americans flourish in the economy of a networked world The Markle Economic Future Initiative consists of a broad coalition of entrepreneurs academics CEOs diplomats community activists religious leaders and others who have assembled to collaborate on groundbreaking ideas for empowering Americans in today s economic landscape Carter will be a member of Markle s leadership team and will head up the Initiative s efforts to develop creative and scalable solutions to grow businesses by focusing on key opportunity areas These include helping Americans provide services into global markets using open data to offer growth opportunities using information technology to enable middle skilled Americans to do work that used to require years of training and improving access to capital As the Defense Department s former chief operating officer Dr Carter understands the forces impacting the American economy and our society He is a hands on leader who sees the big picture and envisions actionable solutions said Markle President Zoe Baird The addition of Dr Carter will strengthen our efforts to help Americans at all income levels transition to the economy of the future Carter has a long association with Markle He served as a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age since its inception in 2002 and in 1997 he and Baird prepared a Defense Science Board Summer Study on the role of defense against the terrorist threat The most important challenge facing the nation is finding innovative solutions to build the American Dream for the 21st Century to provide a path for all Americans to succeed in the networked economy said Dr Carter I look forward to continuing the practice of partnering with private and public sector experts that is essential to achieving Markle s goals After five years driving change at the Pentagon I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue to serve the public good at Markle Carter served in two of the top positions for the U S Department of Defense most recently as Deputy Secretary of Defense from October 2011 to December 2013 As Deputy Secretary he oversaw global operations with an annual budget of more than 600 billion and a 2 4 million workforce of civilian and military personnel From April 2009 to October 2011 Carter was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics with responsibility for procurement of all technology systems services supplies bases and infrastructure energy and environment and more than 50 billion annually in Research and Development He was recognized for his service to national security on five separate occasions with the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal DOD s highest award Previously he served as Senior Partner of Global Technology Partners where he focused on advising major investment firms in technology and defense He also served as an advisor to Goldman Sachs on global affairs and as Professor and Chair of the International Relations Science and Security faculty at Harvard s Kennedy School of Government Carter has served on numerous boards including the MITRE Corporation Mitretek Systems MIT s Lincoln Laboratories and the Draper Laboratory Corporation He has also been a member of the Defense Policy Board the Defense Science Board and the Secretary of State s International Security Advisory Board He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group Carter is the author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on physics technology national security and management Contact Lisa MacSpadden or William Herbig email protected Philip Zelikow Joins Markle Foundation as Visiting Managing Director NEW YORK NY The Markle Foundation today announced that Philip Zelikow has joined the organization as Visiting Managing Director Mr Zelikow is a member of the Markle Economic Future Initiative co chaired by Markle President Zoë Baird and Starbucks chairman president and ceo Howard Schultz The Initiative is advancing transformative strategies that use technology and globalization to help all Americans flourish in the economy of a networked world Mr Zelikow the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia is on leave from the University after completing a term as dean of the Graduate School His collaboration with Markle began in 2002 when he was Executive Director of the first year of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age That initiative co chaired by Zoë Baird and former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale led to highly regarded recommendations that formed the basis for intelligence reform and information sharing in the 9 11 Commission Report the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 the Protect America Act of 2007 and a wide range of actions at the federal state and local level as well as in the private sector We are delighted to have Philip s brilliant contribution and his extraordinary knowledge of how Americans succeeded in past economic transitions as Markle continues to explore ways to unleash opportunities for Americans in today s networked economy said Zoë Baird president of Markle He is a forward thinking educator whose contributions are instrumental to tackling this pressing social need America has been through major economic and social transitions before said Philip Zelikow But Americans used their talents to design and build the greatest engine of mass prosperity the world had ever seen By accelerating innovations that return opportunity to Americans we can do it again In 2003 2004 Zelikow directed the 9 11 Commission producing a report that led to many important reforms that have changed how government and businesses use information to improve national security while protecting traditional civil liberties The report was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award In 2005 2007 as the Counselor of the Department of State he served as a deputy to Secretary Rice with responsibilities including the Iraq war Middle East policy India North Korea intelligence and counterterrorism issues In addition to the University of Virginia Zelikow has taught at Harvard University and for the United States Navy He has served on several boards including as a member of the President s Intelligence Advisory Board for President George W Bush 2001 2003 and for President Barack Obama 2011 2013 and on the advisory board for global development of the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation He has authored several books including Germany Unified and Europe Transformed A Study in Statecraft with Condoleezza Rice The Kennedy Tapes Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis with Ernest May and Essence of Decision with Graham Allison Gilman Louie Joins the Board of the Markle Foundation NEW YORK NY The Markle Foundation announced today that Gilman Louie has joined its Board of Directors Mr Louie is currently a partner at Alsop Louie Partners a San Francisco based venture capital firm Gilman Louie has been a pioneer in this country s technology economy His vast experience fostering entrepreneurship and enhancing national security will help Markle advance the use of information technology to address the most difficult problems facing this nation said Zoë Baird president of Markle We are delighted that this leading technologist and business leader will help us achieve Markle s goals to improve people s lives through information technology Mr Louie is the founder and former CEO of In Q Tel a strategic venture fund created to help enhance national security by connecting the Central Intelligence Agency and United States intelligence community with venture backed entrepreneurial companies Prior to joining In Q Tel in 1999 Mr Louie was a pioneer in the interactive entertainment industry There he designed and developed the Falcon F 16 flight simulator and he licensed Tetris the world s most popular computer game from its developers in the Soviet Union Mr Louie also founded and ran Spectrum Holobyte which was acquired by Hasbro Corporation where he served as chief creative officer of Hasbro Interactive and general manager of the Games com group Mr Louie is a member of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community vice chairman of the Standing Committee on Technology Insight Gauge Evaluate and Review for the United States National Academies a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and has served on the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age In recognition of his intelligence work Mr Louie was the recipient of the 2008 Director of National Intelligence Medallion and the 2006 Director s Award from the Director of the Central

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    Rosenbach has co authored books focusing on both congressional oversight of intelligence and counterterrorism policy His published opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post the International Herald Tribune the Boston Globe the Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune Mr Rosenbach completed a Juris Doctor with a focus on national security law at Georgetown a Master s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts at Davidson College As a Fulbright Scholar in Eastern Europe he conducted postgraduate research on privatization programs The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age is a diverse and bipartisan group of former policy makers from the past six presidential administrations senior information technology executives and privacy advocates from both the public and private sectors The Markle Task Force has recommended ways of improving national security decisions by transforming business processes and how information is shared Its recommendations informed the 9 11 Commission Report and were subsequently included in two federal laws Learn more about the Markle Task Force at www markle org national security Markle Task Force Calls for Virtual Reorganization of Government to Strengthen National Security WASHINGTON DC A plan for the virtual reorganization of government using the best technology to connect the dots and the best management know how to get people working across agency lines can strengthen our national security and help meet the threat of terrorism according to testimony submitted today to the House Judiciary Committee by Zoe Baird president of the Markle Foundation and former Senator Slade Gorton both of whom are members of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age Senator Gorton also served on the 9 11 Commission In the wake of the attempted Christmas Day attack on Flight 253 it is essential to distinguish between amassing dots and connecting them they told the Judiciary Committee in written testimony in connection with today s hearing entitled Sharing and Analyzing Information to Prevent Terrorism Information sharing is a means not an end The end goal is production of actionable intelligence derived from a form of collaboration that leads to insight and action The Markle Task Force is composed of national security policymakers from every administration since President Carter civil liberties advocates and information technology experts It has been working since 2002 to improve national security issuing four separate reports and a number of supplemental briefs The recommendations of the Markle Task Force on information sharing were embraced by the 9 11 Commission and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission and were enacted in the intelligence reform laws passed since the September 11 attacks The most recent report in March 2009 Nation At Risk Policy Makers Need Better Information to Protect the Country urged the President and Congress to take swift action to ensure that policy makers have the best information available to confront a stark set of 21st century national security challenges The Markle Task Force is calling for immediate action to prepare America for the future by addressing the cultural institutional and technological obstacles that prevented the government from taking full advantage of information about the attempted Christmas Day attack Specifically the Markle Task Force offered five proposals to the Committee strong sustained leadership from Congress and the President transformation of how government does business to create a decentralized information sharing framework that enables collaboration not only between computers but among teams of people development of discoverability so that relevant information can be discovered and located quickly and efficiently to facilitate quickly piecing information together discoverability should be combined with a standard of authorized use to determine whether a user is authorized to see information that has been discovered development of government wide privacy and civil liberties policies for information sharing to match increased technological capabilities to collect store and analyze data Our enemies will continue to adapt the Markle Task Force members told the Committee The next attack may not come from the air Improved information sharing is a long term strategic tool that will allow the US to stay one step ahead of its enemies whether they are attempting to attack our critical infrastructure in cyberspace deploy biological weapons or smuggle explosives through airport security A copy of the complete testimony submitted to the Judiciary Committee is available at www markle org where you will also find the four reports of the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age issue briefs and current information on these issues The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age is a diverse and bipartisan group of former policy makers from the past six presidential administrations senior information technology executives and privacy advocates from both the public and private sectors The Markle Task Force has recommended ways of improving national security decisions by transforming business processes and how information is shared Its recommendations informed the 9 11 Commission Report and were subsequently included in two federal laws Learn more about the Markle Task Force at www markle org national security Slade Gorton Joins Markle Board of Directors NEW YORK NY Following its Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday September 29 2009 the Markle Foundation announced that Slade Gorton former United States Senator from the state of Washington and former member of the 9 11 Commission has joined the Board of Directors of the Markle Foundation We are delighted that Slade has agreed to join the Board said Lewis B Kaden Chairman of the Markle Foundation s Board of Directors and Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer Citigroup Inc He will bring distinctive national experience and perspective to the challenges we address through our work Slade has been a wonderful colleague and counselor as a distinguished member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age since its creation in 2002 said Markle president Zoë Baird We look forward to working with him in this new capacity Mr Gorton s dedication to public service began in 1959 with his election to the Washington State House of Representatives He served as State Representative for ten years the last two of these as Majority Leader In 1969 Mr Gorton was sworn in as Attorney General for the State of Washington a post he would hold for three terms He argued fourteen cases before the United States Supreme Court prompting Chief Justice Warren Burger to comment Slade Gorton makes the best arguments before the Supreme Court of any Attorney General in America Mr Gorton served one term in the United States Senate from 1980 until 1986 and returned to the Senate in 1988 to serve two more terms His time in the Senate saw him appointed to important committee posts including Appropriations Budget Commerce Science and Transportation and Energy and National Resources He served as the Chairman of the Interior Appropriation Subcommittee 1995 2001 the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs 1995 1999 and Aviation 1999 2000 He was a member of the Republican leadership as counsel to the Majority Leader 1996 2000 In 2001 Mr Gorton joined Preston Gates Ellis LLP now K L Gates LLP as of counsel He served on the National Commission on Federal Election Reform in The Markle Foundation 2001 and in 2002 was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States 9 11 Commission In November 2005 Mr Gorton was appointed to serve on British Petroleum Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel In 2007 he was appointed to serve on the National War Powers Commission and the Bipartisan Policy Center s National Transportation Policy Project Markle Task Force Member to Testify on Information Sharing with Recommendations to Strengthen National Security Protect Privacy WASHINGTON DC Jeffrey Smith an expert on information sharing and a Member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age will testify Thursday 7 30 at 10 00am before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Representative Jane Harman will chair the hearing Beyond ISE Implementation Exploring the Way Forward for Information Sharing Smith will bring to the Subcommittee recommendations made by the Task Force to meet the 21st century threats America faces focusing on how to strengthen America s national security by improving information sharing in ways that protect privacy and civil liberties The Task Force has provided critical leadership to Congress and the Executive Branch with many of its proposals already adopted into law or executive orders The Task Force s latest report Nation At Risk Policy Makers Need Better Information to Protect the Country offers a critical roadmap for the way forward on information sharing Its recommendations include Strong sustained leadership from the Executive Office of the President EOP and Congress to drive improved information sharing New ways to make government information relevant to national security discoverable and accessible to authorized users while also creating mechanisms to audit use to ensure accountability Enhanced government wide privacy and civil liberties policies The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age is a diverse and bipartisan group of former policy makers from the past six presidential administrations senior information technology executives and privacy advocates from both the public and private sectors The Markle Task Force has recommended ways of improving national security decisions by transforming business processes and how information is shared Its recommendations informed the 9 11 Commission Report and were subsequently included in two federal laws Learn more about the Markle Task Force at www markle org national security Health Information Technology and Health Care Reform Must Be Well Aligned To Improve Health and Lower Costs WASHINGTON DC Dramatic improvements in health and reductions in cost growth are achievable if efforts to boost health information technology IT are aligned with broader health care reform a group of three influential non profit organizations said today Committing to specific ambitious targets like preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes and cutting medication errors and administrative burdens in half will allow health IT investments and health care reform to be directed toward results that will benefit the American public for generations according to the Markle Foundation the Center for American Progress and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings The three organizations today hosted a forum of industry and policy leaders on the need for health IT investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ARRA that support a broader transformation to improve health outcomes and reduce health care cost growth Health reform and health IT investments will protect all Americans only if we set concrete health improvement targets and identify the specific costs to be controlled said Markle President Zoë Baird We know how to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes and how to slash the time physicians spend on administrative tasks Let s set these goals and others like them This is the only way we can expand coverage improve outcomes and control costs We must take concrete steps now toward a health care system that pays for better quality and lower costs rather than the unsustainable status quo of paying primarily for volume of medical services said Mark McClellan MD PhD Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution By tying support for health IT directly to achieving these quality and cost improvements the new health IT payments can be a critical step toward achieving this vision The group urged public and private sector leaders to embrace the 2015 health care improvement goals presented last month by an advisory committee of the U S Department of Health and Human Services HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT ONC The goals include preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes cutting rates of medication errors preventable hospitalizations and racial ethnic disparities in diabetes control in half and providing patients with easy access to their own health information The group proposes adding two 2015 goals to specifically address growth in health care costs identifying duplicative health care services and reducing them by 50 percent and halving the time spent by physicians on administrative tasks These goals are ambitious but achievable if we implement health IT and health reform effectively said Todd Park Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Top public and private sector leadership should firmly embrace these goals and facilitate their realization through communications to their own organizations and the American public We should commit to the achievement of these goals as we dive into the details of policy formulation and execution The three organizations have submitted a collaborative comment on behalf of a broad range of groups urging HHS to structure the criteria for ARRA s health IT subsidies to doctors and hospitals in a way that is most likely to achieve these key 2015 goals Success will be measured in the number of lives saved the quality of health improved and unnecessary costs controlled said Carol Diamond MD MPH Managing Director at Markle The health IT investments and privacy protections in the Recovery Act are critical Broader health care reform must build on these efforts by placing value on better outcomes slowing growth of health care costs and protecting privacy The Markle Foundation works to realize the full potential of information and information technology to address critical public needs particularly in the areas of health and national security Markle collaborates with innovators and thought leaders from the public and private sectors whose expertise lies in the areas of information technology privacy civil liberties health and national security The Markle Health Program is committed to accelerating the ability of patients and consumers to use information technology to improve their health and health care while protecting patient privacy The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong just and free America that ensures opportunity for all We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is of the people by the people and for the people The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings is committed to producing innovative solutions that will drive reform of our nation s health care system The Center s mission is to develop data driven practical policy solutions that promote broad access to high quality affordable and innovative care in the United States The Center conducts research makes policy recommendations and facilitates the development of new consensus around key issues and provides technical support to implement and evaluate new solutions in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders Broad Coalition Says Consumer Role Is Key to Improving Health and Health Care NEW YORK NY The future of health care should encourage expanded use of information tools to help consumers better manage their health 56 diverse organizations said today as they embraced a framework for personal health information access and privacy Consumers need to be full participants in modern health information tools and services to help them prevent illness communicate better with clinicians understand costs and treatment options make better health decisions and take better care of loved ones the group said in a joint statement Health reform requires putting the power of information at the fingertips of 300 million consumers said Zoë Baird president of the Markle Foundation which convened the group If we do this right consumers will contribute to a health care system that rewards quality slows an unsustainable spiral of costs and protects the privacy of sensitive information The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act establishes billions of dollars in incentives for clinicians and hospitals to use health information technology including electronic health records EHRs The law also clarifies that individuals have the right to receive copies of personal health information from EHRs in electronic formats and authorize their information to be stored in a service of the individual s choosing In the age of the Internet there is vast potential for consumers to connect online to new services to make their lives easier and healthier said Carol Diamond MD MPH chair of Markle Connecting for Health which convened the group Providing consumers with electronic access to their information should be one of the things that the health IT incentives stimulate so that many services may flourish by using information according to the individual s needs and wishes Deven McGraw director of the Health Privacy Project for the Center for Democracy and Technology said Sound policies are key to public trust without which we will not see the benefits of health IT investments Consumers and clinicians will not participate if they fear information will not be protected The Markle Connecting for Health Collaborative s Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information a set of practices to improve consumer access to personal health information and protect privacy has been endorsed by a broad group of organizations The list expanded today with the addition of Allscripts American College of Cardiology American College of Emergency Physicians American College of Physicians CareGroup Healthcare System Carestream Health Inc Computer Sciences Corp DrFirst GenesysMD Health 2 0 Accelerator Health Level Seven IEEE USA Intel Corp Keas Inc McKesson RelayHealth MedCommons Medical Group Management Association National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship National Committee for Quality Assurance National Quality Forum Northwest Health Foundation PatientsLikeMe Prematics Verizon Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Wal Mart The full list of endorsing organizations since it was released in June 2008 includes AARP Aetna Allscripts American Academy of Family Physicians American College of Cardiology American College of Emergency Physicians American College of Physicians Association of Cancer Online Resources ACOR org America s Health Insurance Plans BlueCross BlueShield Association CareGroup Healthcare System Carestream Health Inc Center for Democracy and Technology Center on Medical Record Rights

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