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  • Suzanne Nora Johnson Joins the Board of the Markle Foundation | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos About Markle Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Suzanne Nora Johnson Joins the Board of the Markle Foundation Publication Date May 22 2006 NEW YORK NY The Markle Foundation announced today that Suzanne Nora Johnson Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs Group Inc has joined the Board of Directors of the Markle Foundation Suzanne Nora Johnson is a business leader with a strong commitment to public institutions said Lewis B Kaden Chairman of the Markle Foundation s Board of Directors and Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer Citigroup Inc We are delighted that Ms Johnson s insightful perspectives will help us achieve Markle s mission The Markle Foundation is tremendously fortunate to have Suzanne Nora Johnson join its Board of Directors said Zoë Baird President of the Markle Foundation Suzanne s leadership and global experience and her deep knowledge of healthcare will bring tremendous value to the challenges we face in improving the nation s healthcare and enhancing national security Ms Johnson has been a Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs since November 2004 She also serves as chairman of the Global Markets Institute is head of Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research Division and is a member of the firm s Management Committee Previously she served as head of the firm s global healthcare business in the Investment Banking Division Prior to joining Goldman Sachs Ms Johnson was an attorney with Simpson Thacher Bartlett and served as a law clerk on the US Court of Appeals Ms Johnson currently serves on the boards of the Goldman Sachs Foundation the Brookings Institution the Carnegie Institution of Washington Children NOW the Council for Excellence in Government RAND Health TechnoServe the University of Southern California and Women s World Banking She is on the Advisory Board of Councilors at Harvard

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  • Health and Technology Leaders Release the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework for Initiating Private and Secure Health Information Sharing | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Health Our approach to a technical architecture for health information exchange started with a set of policy principles for keeping information private and secure With that goal and those principles in mind we tested the technical architecture and developed a set of specific policies that are critical to implementation of the Common Framework To protect privacy the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework architecture recommends use of a record locator service RLS an index that identifies where specific patient records are kept but not what information the records contain This approach allows records to be stored locally by doctors and hospitals and only shared electronically with other providers when appropriate and authorized by the patient The Common Framework also relies on common open web standards making this approach both affordable and achievable We demonstrated the exchange of clinical information by using a critical set of common open technical standards said Clay Shirky who directs the technical work for Markle Connecting for Health and teaches at New York University The Common Framework avoids large scale disruption and huge upfront capital investments by allowing the use of existing hardware and software It is compatible with current methods of institutional and provider record keeping while enabling existing systems to exchange information The Common Framework identifies a number of policies which should be commonly adopted to assure that personal health information is managed securely and remains protected said Mark Frisse MD director of regional informatics programs through the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health and co chair of Markle Connecting for Health s Policy Subcommittee These include an overall privacy architecture policy recommendations regarding patient notification how users are correctly identified the audit responsibilities of health information exchanges how patient information from multiple sources can be linked and what to do in the event of breaches of confidentiality By participating in the Markle Connecting for Health framework we demonstrated the tremendous potential of this approach to health information sharing for improving care and sharing life saving information in our community said J Marc Overhage MD PhD senior investigator Regenstrief Institute and president and CEO Indiana Health Information Exchange Indianapolis Ind The Common Framework focuses on how to share information securely without specifying the features and functions of the medical record systems that it connects This gives maximum flexibility to local organizations and private companies to shape their own systems and be innovative in creating new products while connecting to health information networks In developing the policy guidelines for the Common Framework we wanted to ensure that this approach to health information sharing leaves decisions regarding the sharing of health information exactly where it should be with patients and their health care providers said John Halamka MD CEO of MA SHARE and emergency physician Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Mass This approach protects patient privacy by keeping information with the doctors and institutions that patients know and trust eliminating the need for national patient identifiers or central databases The policy components of the Common Framework

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  • Americans Support Online Personal Health Records; Patient Privacy and Control Over Their Own Information Are Crucial to Acceptance | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    a moment s notice through secure electronic information exchange could mean the difference between life and death We are on the cusp of a technological revolution in health care as more personal digital health products are developed and consumers in the iPod generation are more receptive to using them said David Lansky senior director of the health program at the Markle Foundation Each device that is developed should meet consumers needs for privacy and security as should the entire nationwide health information environment in which consumers and health professionals will be using these digital tools That is why these new patient and consumer principles are being proposed The number and types of personal digital health technologies is growing rapidly and a bipartisan group of national leaders is keenly interested in how information technology can transform health care Business leaders including Andy Grove of Intel and national leaders including President Bush Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist R Tenn Sen Hillary Clinton D N Y Rep Nancy Johnson R Conn Rep Patrick Kennedy D R I and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are advocating the use of information technology to improve the quality of health care reduce medical errors and increase efficiency President Bush has called for all Americans to have an electronic personal health record within 10 years The survey released at today s conference shows that four in five Americans 80 believe that if physicians kept electronic medical records on their patients health care quality would improve and medical errors would be reduced because authorized doctors would be able to retrieve a patient s medical history in a matter of seconds An equal number 81 believe that the ability of researchers to review millions of records anonymously to determine best treatment practices would help all doctors improve the quality of medical care Despite these high levels of support for health information technology keeping electronic medical information private and secure remains a top concern for consumers Today s research shows that people are much more likely to support online medical records if they have control over their own information and safeguards to protect privacy are in place Public Opinion Strategies Alexandria VA conducted the survey Sept 20 22 2005 The survey of 800 adults has a margin of error of 3 46 percent According to the poll Individuals want to review who has seen their medical information Eighty one percent of respondents say reviewing who has had access to their personal health information is a top or high priority Patients want to be asked before their information is shared Seventy nine percent of respondents say it is a top or high priority that their medical information be shared electronically only with their permission Consumers want the identity of anyone who sees their records to be carefully confirmed Ninety one percent of respondents say carefully confirming the identity of anyone using the system to prevent unauthorized access or cases of mistaken identify is a top or high priority The public does not

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  • www.katrinahealth.org Will Provide Prescription Medication Information For Katrina Evacuees to Authorized Health Professionals and Pharmacists | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    and private sector efforts to develop new tools that will make a real difference in the lives of people said David J Brailer M D Ph D and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology U S Department of Health and Human Services This tool sets a new benchmark for public and private sector collaboration around health information technology and has caused many involved in current efforts to ask how they can move faster added Lori M Evans M P H M P P and Senior Advisor to the National Coordinator KatrinaHealth org provides authorized users with access to the medication history and prescriptions for evacuees who lived in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina The data or prescription information has been made available from a variety of government and commercial sources some of which have been aggregated Sources include electronic databases from commercial pharmacies government health insurance programs such as Medicaid and private insurers and pharmacy benefits managers in the states affected by the storm The organizations involved in KatrinaHealth org are continuing to develop new features for the site including one that would allow patients to authorize access to sensitive personal information We were truly gratified to learn five days into the disaster that KatrinaHealth org was in the works This kind of electronic system makes so much sense said Secretary Fred Cerise M D who directs the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals SureScripts and our pharmacy partners are proud to be part of the effort to provide potentially life saving information in response to Hurricane Katrina The commitment to react quickly to this urgent need even as pharmacies throughout the affected areas handled their own responses to the disaster was overwhelming and it has been humbling to see the hard work and dedication of co workers and colleagues from the public and private sectors to making what seemed impossible possible said Kevin Hutchinson President and Chief Executive Officer of SureScripts The collaboration that has occurred over the past weeks has been inspiring as public and private sector interests came together to plan develop and deploy a program to bring critical information to caregivers in the field said Russ Thomas CEO of Gold Standard The advancement of healthcare technology offers tremendous opportunities to speed life saving information to the point of clinical care KatrinaHealth org is one example of executing on this potential This natural disaster has underscored the critical need for real time access to the most up to date medication history information at the point of care regardless of where individuals are being treated said David McLean CEO of RxHub We are proud to be participating in this truly collaborative effort and commend our PBM partners as well as other private and public organizations that have made this challenge a reality RxHub is ready to assist in future efforts of restoring the quality of life for those who have been affected by this disaster Authorized clinicians and pharmacists using the system can view evacuees prescription histories

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  • Edward F. Rover Joins the Board of the Markle Foundation | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos About Markle Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Edward F Rover Joins the Board of the Markle Foundation Publication Date June 28 2005 NEW YORK NY The Markle Foundation announced today that Edward F Rover President of the Dana Foundation has joined the Board of Directors of the Markle Foundation The Dana Foundation focuses on programs and grants related to brain science and immunology research as well as arts education Mr Rover a prominent attorney was a Senior Partner at White Case until 2004 At White Case he led a broad tax practice where he advised and represented many tax exempt organizations and domestic and international companies He also served as outside counsel to public charities and private foundations including the Markle Foundation The Markle Foundation is fortunate to have Ed Rover join its Board of Directors Ed s leadership in the world of philanthropy and the law as well his knowledge of the governance of businesses and private foundations will enrich the work of the Markle Foundation said Zoë Baird president of the Markle Foundation We anticipate benefiting greatly from Ed s experience and wisdom as we advance Markle s key goals of realizing the potential of information technology in the areas of national security and health care while protecting established civil liberties and privacy Mr Rover was named president of the Dana Foundation in May 2000 after serving as one of its trustees since 1995 The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropy based in New York City Mr Rover s philanthropic and civic involvements have been many and varied spanning the fields of law research science and the arts Among many other positions he has held Mr Rover has served as the Secretary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York as Council member of the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute at the Harvard Medical School as well as a trustee of several organizations including the Dana Farber

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  • Markle Connecting for Health Statement on HHS Plans to Enhance Electronic Exchange of Health Information | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Markle Connecting for Health Statement on HHS Plans to Enhance Electronic Exchange of Health Information Publication Date June 6 2005 NEW YORK NY Secretary Mike Leavitt has moved us much closer to the day when every patient in the United States will be able to send and receive vital medical information at a moment s notice through nationwide electronic health information exchange Today Secretary Leavitt committed to transforming health care in the United States by creating a health information sharing environment which will connect patients physicians nurses hospitals and other authorized healthcare providers and resources The Secretary called for creating a common framework of policies and standards that would facilitate the implementation of nationwide health information exchange This plan promises to improve the quality of health care reduce medical errors lower costs and empower patients to take an active role in making health care decisions that affect them and those they love Markle Connecting for Health made up of more than 100 partners from the private public and non profit sectors appreciates that the Secretary and the Administration have carefully reviewed and integrated many of Connecting for Health s recommendations found in its Roadmap as well as in its Collaborative Response with 12 other partners to HHS s request for information for nationwide electronic health information exchange These recommendations include the creation of a national common framework of policies and standards to achieve interoperability in healthcare the use of the Internet to create health information sharing open and non proprietary standards full patient control of electronic medical information strong common policies to protect privacy and maintain security of patient information rejection of the creation of a centralized national databank for medical information and a commitment to not erecting barriers to innovators entering the field of healthcare IT By announcing the creation of the American Health Information Community today as well as his intention to lead it the Secretary made it clear that he is deeply committed to tapping the potential of health IT to fulfill the American people s aspirations for safe and effective health care We applaud him for announcing his intention to involve consumers patients and representatives of every sector of American society in shaping nationwide electronic health information exchange We look forward to working with the Secretary the Administration and many others to move America into a new age of

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  • Resources | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    technology in health care continue to gain momentum it is imperative that the needs of healthcare consumers be addressed and that they are principle beneficiaries of the benefits these new technologies will deliver said Markle Foundation president Zoë Baird David has spent his career working on behalf of patients and consumers His work at FACCT has made a valuable contribution toward improving the quality of care patients receive as well as helping to improve our health care system as a whole We are delighted that David has chosen to continue his work at Markle and will now be helping our health initiative as we embark on the next phase of our work It was recently announced that FACCT will be ending its operations by the end of 2004 The Markle Foundation is committed to seeing that FACCT s most important research reports and products continue to be available to the public and has agreed to host key FACCT content on its own Web site at www markle org Over the past several years the Markle Foundation has worked closely with David and FACCT and their impact has been particularly valuable to Connecting for Health said Dr Carol Diamond managing director of the Markle Foundation When FACCT decided to end its operations bringing David to Markle seemed like a natural fit as we continue our work to realize information technology s potential to improve health and health care for every individual Since 2002 Dr Lansky has served on the Steering Group of Markle s Connecting for Health initiative and is chair of its Working Group on Personal Health Records Since I started working on clinical data registries in the early 1980s it has been clear that we could not advance the quality agenda until we had reliable real time information on the care that is delivered and experienced by patients Building out a standardized interoperable information system that includes the patient and family is essential to fixing our health care system said David Lansky The Markle Foundation through its Connecting for Health initiative has been on the cutting edge of accelerating the adoption of information systems in the health care field and I am excited to join this team Before joining FACCT Lansky was regional director of clinical information for Oregon based Providence Health System Dr Lansky s team was responsible for outcomes research measurement of consumer satisfaction health risk and health status assessment development of electronic member and patient records and communicating with purchasers and the larger community about health care quality During 1993 and 1994 Lansky served as staff to the Jackson Hole Group with responsibility for national accountability measures under the managed competition model He has published over 20 journal articles and book chapters and speaks internationally on health care quality and improvement He holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of California at Berkeley Markle Connecting for Health Announces Commitment to Create Incremental Roadmap for Achieving Electronic Connectivity in Health Care NEW YORK NY Markle Connecting for Health an extraordinary collaborative of public and private stakeholders today announced it will launch a continuation of its effort to promote electronic connectivity in the healthcare field in order to improve patient care and lower costs while protecting patient privacy At a meeting yesterday in New York the project s Steering Group comprised of more than 50 leaders and decision makers in the health care industry renewed their commitment to advancing the use of electronic connectivity in health care The critical role of information technology in combating medical error and improving patient safety has been highlighted in the past by the Institute of Medicine and most recently by President Bush in his State of the Union address The Steering Group also committed to create an incremental Roadmap to achieving electronic connectivity The Roadmap is necessary for prioritizing actions fostering innovation and leveraging efforts across the public and private sector Markle Connecting for Health which was established by the Markle Foundation also announced that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation would be joining Markle as a funding partner in the next phase of its work The success of Markle Connecting for Health s initial phase which broke through the long standing impasse related to data standards was based on finding achievable milestones and focusing on areas where we could obtain consensus which is how we are going to proceed now in developing our Roadmap said Dr Carol Diamond Managing Director at the Markle Foundation The real potential of this initiative however rests on its collaborative approach and the addition of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation illustrates the extraordinary nature of Markle Connecting for Health The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a long and distinguished history of improving health and health care in this country and we are honored to be partnering with them Patients deserve to have a safe and reliable health care system that provides quality care The only way we re going to get there is if public and private sectors come together to create an interoperable electronic infrastructure for healthcare said John Lumpkin MD MPH Senior Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Chair of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics We ll need to put our greatest efforts towards what we can all agree on and at the same time work towards common ground in areas where we disagree Markle Connecting for Health brings with it a continued commitment from many of the nation s foremost leaders in the public and private sector The Markle Connecting for Health Steering Group which met yesterday in New York is led by Daniel Garrett vice president and managing director of Computer Sciences Corporation s Global Health Solutions Practice Herb Pardes M D President and CEO New York Presbyterian Hospital John Lumpkin M D MPH Senior Vice President for Health Care Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Carol Diamond M D MPH Managing Director Markle Foundation s Information Technology for Better Health Program Janet Marchibroda Executive Director of the Foundation for the eHealth Initiative serves as the Executive Director We have an opportunity to bring the innovation and expertise of the private sector together with the public sector to help drive our healthcare system toward a common goal of interoperable information technology for patient safety and health care quality said Dan Garrett who was named an Executive Vice Chair of the Steering Group This initiative is a unique opportunity to maximize the complementary expertise and experience of the public and private sectors The healthcare industry needs to be able to deliver information where and when it is needed in a private and secure manner if we are to provide the best possible care to patients said Herb Pardes also an Executive Vice Chair of Markle Connecting for Health By acting collaboratively and decisively I believe that the next phase of Markle Connecting for Health s work will bring us even closer to an interoperable healthcare network that will lower costs and improve patient care while at the same time protect patient privacy The continuation of the Markle Connecting for Health initiative comes as a result of strong support in the public and private sectors for ongoing collaborative efforts that can catalyze action toward an electronic interoperable health care information infrastructure so vital to addressing the safety quality and effectiveness of health care in this country The first phase of Markle Connecting for Health was a 2 million initiative supported by the Markle Foundation In next phase Markle Connecting for Health will have similar support from Markle and will also benefit from the additional resources and expertise of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Markle Connecting for Health will now build on the ground breaking achievements of its earlier work by identifying tackling and testing solutions to the technical and policy barriers Under a plan developed by the Steering Group Connecting for Health will accomplish its work through four new working groups and a demonstration project Specific goals of Phase II include A Roadmap detailing an action agenda of achievable objectives over the next twelve months that will leverage activities between public and private healthcare sectors toward a health information infrastructure that fosters innovation encourages information sharing and provides exchange of necessary health information in a private and secure manner Challenging barriers that impede patient centered information sharing within a series of Working Groups Specific areas of focus will be on understanding the business and organizational issues of community based information exchange the issues relevant to sharing electronic information with patients and certain aspects of technical interoperability The working groups and their leaders are Working Group on Electronic Health and Personal Health Record chaired by David Lansky PhD president of the Foundation for Accountability FACCT Working Group on Accurately Linking Health Information for Safety and Quality chaired by Clay Shirky Adjunct Professor New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program Expert Panel on Organizational Models and Financial Sustainability of Community Based Health Information Exchange chaired by David Brailer MD PhD Senior Fellow for Information Technology and Quality of Care at the Health Technology Center Expert Panel on Data Exchange Standards chaired by Wes Rishel Vice President and Research Area Director Gartner and Past Chair HL 7 3 A Demonstration Project is planned to test and evaluate the working groups products in real world settings Background Although one of every seven dollars spent on goods or services in the United States goes to health care our current system is highly fragmented and in the words of the Institute of Medicine lacks even rudimentary clinical information capabilities Vital data sits in paper based medical records that can neither be accessed easily nor combined into an integrated form to present a clear and complete picture of patient care This information inadequacy is pervasive Everyone who uses the system constantly confronts large gaps in needed information be it at the doctor s office the hospital or at government agencies charged with protecting public health The problem of adverse drug events alone represents a sizable opportunity for information systems According to an estimate from the Institute of Medicine IOM an estimated 770 000 people are injured due to adverse drug events annually in the U S and up to 70 percent of these incidents may be avoidable According to the Center for Information Technology Leadership nationwide adoption of advanced computerized order entry systems in ambulatory care could eliminate up to two million adverse drug events and 190 000 hospitalizations per year and could save up to 44 billion annually in reduced medication radiology laboratory and hospitalization expenditures The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation RWJF seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans To achieve the most impact with our funds RWJF prioritize grants into four goal areas to assure that all Americans have access to quality health care at reasonable cost to improve the quality of care and support for people with chronic health conditions to promote healthy communities and lifestyles to reduce the personal social and economic harm caused by substance abuse tobacco alcohol and illicit drugs To accomplish these goals RWJF use a variety of strategies RWJF supports training education research excluding biomedical research and projects that demonstrate the effective delivery of health care and concentrates on health care systems and the conditions that promote better health Markle Connecting for Health is a public private collaborative with representatives from more than one hundred organizations across the spectrum of health care and information technology specialists Its purpose is to catalyze the widespread changes necessary to realize the full benefits of health information technology while protecting patient privacy and the security of personal health information Markle Connecting for Health tackles the key challenges to creating a networked health information environment that enables secure and private information sharing when and where it is needed to improve health and health care Learn more about Markle Connecting for Health at www markle org health Think Human Dashboard Revolutionary New Guide Provides Healthcare Roadmap NEW YORK NY Information Architect Richard Saul Wurman whose books and TED symposia simplified the way people comprehend complex subjects has turned his attention to demystifying one of the thorniest topics of our time healthcare His new book Understanding Healthcare is a consumer guide on how to lead a healthy life by knowing more about how the body functions and how to obtain the best care from healthcare professionals We know more about our cars than our own bodies Mr Wurman said Unfortunately we don t have a procedure for regular maintenance the way we do for our vehicles Understanding Healthcare he said is the next best alternative to a human dashboard because it is a visual encyclopedia that provides detailed information on how to maintain and improve your health At 336 pages Understanding Healthcare is a hands on roadmap that allows individuals and their families to take an active role in their own health The book is an all in one shelf of information guides with hundreds of color coded illustrations and an equal number of charts and graphs It presents an overview on subjects ranging from how long people will live and what diseases they are likely to get to what symptoms might suggest a heart attack and what a hospital intensive care unit looks like First Person Stories Understanding Healthcare also includes dramatic first person stories that profile individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious disease or a medical complication such as high blood pressure or colon cancer Other stories deal with critical issues such as needing a living will or opting for experimental treatments These real life cases show how patients who are faced with adversity can turn to one single reference source and find answers Mr Wurman said The book is based on answering a series of questions posed by Mr Wurman and is divided into three sections Understanding Yourself an owner s manual for the human body Understanding Them facts about medical professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare and Making it Happen which delves into understanding medical access costs and coverage Understanding Healthcare is an essential guide for consumers seeking to play an active role in their medical care said William C Weldon chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Johnson which provided major funding for the book It empowers each of us to constructively and successfully navigate through our own patterns of health information as well as for those we love he said Questions on Being Diagnosed In the section called Understanding Yourself Mr Wurman explores how genetics race education and income levels can affect one s health He also provides information in the form of straightforward direct questions on what to expect when diagnosed with an illness or disease along with the tests that are usually performed and what readers can expect from certain surgical procedures Understanding Them focuses on healthcare professionals and their role in treating patients For example Mr Wurman offers data on the best hospitals in the United States and outlines healthcare research currently underway by both the government and the private sector He also provides answers to important big picture questions such as what should you know about choosing a doctor and what you can do to monitor your own health The final section of the book Making it Happen features Mr Wurman s tips on filing a malpractice claim how Medicare and Medicaid work and how to navigate them and using technology to monitor one s health In addition Understanding Healthcare lists a number of resources for the reader including other helpful consumer publications as well as Internet sites At the bottom third of nearly every page in Understanding Healthcare are Action Items next steps readers can take to address or cope with a particular medical problem As the world s largest diversified healthcare company we see consumers around the world wrestling with these kinds of issues and big decisions daily Mr Weldon said Understanding Healthcare is a valuable and informative resource and should be a medical staple in every American home Third Understanding Guide The new book marks Mr Wurman s third in his series that tackle major topics of significant interest to the consumer His previous understanding guides were Understanding USA and Understanding Children Understanding Healthcare is Mr Wurman s 81st published work His books have sold over six million copies The problem of gathering organizing and presenting information is just like the problems an architect faces in designing a building Mr Wurman said All of my books stem from my desire to know rather than already knowing from my ignorance rather than my intelligence and from my inability rather than my ability Mr Wurman is best known as the creator of the TED technology entertainment and design symposia He now produces TED MED conferences which focus on communicating in the world of healthcare and how the medical community can make information more understandable to consumers The next TED MED conference will address Understanding Healthcare on Oct 12 15 2004 at Charleston Place Charleston S C Underwriting from Johnson Johnson Major funding for Understanding Healthcare was provided by Johnson Johnson Through its support of the book the company is helping to raise awareness of the essential information about accessing medical care today Other support for Understanding Healthcare came from the Markle Foundation an organization committed to improving people s lives by using information and communications technologies to address critical public needs and the UnitedHealth Group a leader in advancing promoting and facilitating health through public access to trustworthy information Advisors to the content of Understanding Healthcare included more than 60 prominent physicians scientists and healthcare professionals who reviewed all sections of the book under the guidance of the Foundation for Accountability FACCT a non profit organization whose mission is to improve healthcare for Americans Understanding information is power Mr Wurman said With so much medical information available the challenge is to break it down and present it so it is useful and useable rather than overwhelming That s what Understanding Healthcare is all about Task Force Says Government Has Not Yet Taken Advantage of America s Technology Expertise to Combat Terrorism WASHINGTON DC The Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age today released its second report concluding that the U S government has not yet taken advantage of America s technology expertise to fight the war on terrorism In its report Creating A Trusted Information Network for Homeland Security the Task Force catalogs current gaps in the nation s system for analyzing and sharing intelligence It details the elements of a proposed System wide Homeland Analysis and Resource Exchange SHARE Network that would more effectively combat terrorism while protecting privacy and other civil liberties In its first report in October 2002 the Markle Task Force identified the ability to share information as the most urgent task facing government in protecting the homeland It laid out a plan for a distributed information technology network to share terrorism related information among federal state and local government agencies and the private sector so that threats could be identified and prevented In it second report the Task Force finds that the government s progress since September 11 2001 toward building an adequate network has been slow and is not guided by an overall vision of how information should be shared and analyzed in keeping with adequate guidelines to protect privacy and other civil liberties Good work is being done in some agencies but isolated projects cannot reach scale or break through cultural barriers fast enough to prevent another attack Using currently available technology the government can set up a network that substantially improves our ability to prevent terrorism and protect civil liberties said Zoe Baird president of the Markle Foundation and co chair with James Barksdale of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age Public trust in a network that uses information about people in the U S can only be achieved if government wide guidelines for information sharing and privacy protection are established after open public debate The Task Force whose members include some of the nation s leading experts on national security who served in the Carter Reagan Bush and Clinton Administrations as well as leading experts on information technology and civil liberties calls on the President to Set the goal of creating the network issue clear government wide policy guidelines for the government s collection and use of domestic information including private sector information about U S persons clarify the respective roles of DHS the Terrorist Threat Integration Center TTIC the FBI and other federal agencies involved with collection and analysis of domestic terrorism information The Task Force concluded that until the government gives priority to breaking down its institutional barriers to cooperation and presents the public with a cohesive plan for the network the public will not understand how private sector information is a critical part of the network Further government wide guidelines are needed that clearly define the security interests in research into data mining of private sector information and that provide controls to address the privacy implications of such programs in order to establish public trust in these programs In its report the Task Force notes that it is essential that the government shed its Cold War culture in order to properly address the threat the nation faces from terrorism During the Cold War the use of information was dominated by a culture of classification and tight limitations on access in which information was shared only on a need to know basis However the events of September 11 have starkly demonstrated the dangers associated with the failure to share information not only within the federal government but also between the federal government on the one hand and state and local governments and the private sector on the other The threat today requires unprecedented speed in the way the government collects shares and acts on information To deal with this threat information needs to be tailored to facilitate decision making and action at all levels not only by the President but also the police officers on the street Our Task Force s fundamental objective was to identify the technological tools and infrastructure the policies and the processes necessary to link different levels of government and the private sector so that important information can be shared among the people who need it as rapidly as possible within a system of guidelines and technologies designed to protect civil liberties said Michael Vatis executive director of the Task Force The government has caused confusion by creating multiple new agencies without clearly defining their respective roles and responsibilities The SHARE network that the Task Force has proposed which it recommends be overseen by DHS in the first stage could be built using existing technology Technology products that are currently available would allow information to be both protected and shared through the use of published directories listing who has relevant information and permissioning rules to determine whom can access the information Currently available technology would also allow for the authentication for subscribers to the directories and the anonymization of personally identifiable information where appropriate in order to share the necessary information while protecting privacy As the recent controversies surrounding DARPA s Terrorist Information Awareness program and an Army contractor s use of Jet Blue passenger data demonstrate government access to and use of privately held data remains a vexing problem In its report the Task Force notes that the government should effectively utilize the valuable information that is held in private hands but only within a system of rules and guidelines designed to protect civil liberties Since it is not possible for the nation to harden all potential targets against terrorist attack the Task Force concludes that the government must rely on information to detect prevent and effectively respond to attacks The travel hotel financial immigration health or educational records of a person suspected by the government to be a terrorist may hold information that is vital to unveiling both his intentions and those of other terrorists However the Task Force also concludes that the government should not have routine access to personally identifying information even if it is widely available to the public If government is to sustain public support for its efforts it must demonstrate that the information it seeks to acquire is genuinely important to the security mission and is obtained and used in a way that minimizes its impact on privacy and civil liberties Until government wide guidelines that achieve this are developed public concern over potential privacy infringements will continue to hamper the necessary development of new technologies and new operational programs necessary to use that information Policy guidelines like these are meant to empower government officials as well as limit them and Congress and the Executive Branch should share a common commitment to both objectives The Task Force also calls on the President to issue guidelines governing the authority of intelligence and security agencies to receive retain and disseminate government information gathered in the U S about U S persons and guidelines governing their ability to task the domestic collection of information New guidelines in this area are particularly important since the creation of TTIC as an all source intelligence and analysis center raises the question of what will replace the previous line at the border that largely defined the distinctive rules for foreign and domestic intelligence It is critically important that the President issue this guidance before another major terrorist incident occurs If public debate were to take place in the shadow of another major national tragedy it could lead to rushed and poorly conceived initiatives that not only fail to solve the underlying problems but also have a detrimental impact on civil liberties Finally the Task Force recommends that in one year the Executive Branch and Congress evaluate the progress of federal state local and private sector entities in improving information sharing and analysis and in utilizing private sector data while protecting civil liberties To help with this evaluation the Task Force issued detailed sets of questions than can be asked to determine whether adequate progress has been made 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 Study Shows Market Competition and Government Encouragement are Key Drivers of Growth of the Internet in China NEW YORK NY A two year study of Internet use and its impact in China reveals that the key drivers behind its growth are market forces including people s increasing desire to go online and competition among service providers and the government s view of the information technology sector as an engine for economic growth The study also examines the demographics and attitudes of Internet users in China finding that a majority of them expect the Internet will bring more freedom of speech and create more opportunities to express their political views Surveying Internet Usage and Impact in Twelve Chinese Cities is based on door to door interviews with 2457 Internet users and 1484 non Internet users and was directed by Professor Guo Liang of Beijing s Chinese Academy of Social Science CASS In addition case studies were conducted in five small cities The project developed and supported by the Markle Foundation is a unique in depth look at Internet usage in China and its impact on Chinese society The report identifies the main drivers behind the growth of the Internet in China as Internet Companies Competition among Internet service provider companies has lead to low costs better services and more access The report notes that unlike other sectors in China a single state owned company does not control the Internet industry Government The Chinese government considers the IT industry an engine of economic growth In addition the Chinese government has created an aggressive e government program to better share information between government agencies Individual User Demand The Internet provides a new and exciting source of entertainment and a way to communicate especially for young people The Internet also makes it easier to find information than through the traditional media and is a place where people can express their own opinions Internet cafés While the number of Internet cafés has greatly decreased in the metropolitan cities due to the government s efforts to avoid social problems the number of Internet cafés in provincial capitals and small cities is growing rapidly China is second only to the U S in the number of Internet users with the number of users growing rapidly The Internet has the potential to contribute significantly to the future of the people of China said Zoë Baird president of the Markle Foundation Professor Guo s findings show that in China the Internet has the ability to expand the flow of information and spur economic growth With the arrival of the Internet the Chinese people have the opportunity to access information communicate and conduct economic transactions in a new way said Professor Guo Liang The findings of our study suggest that while the Internet is still relatively new to China it is already changing Chinese cultural social and political institutions The study also details the attitudes and demographics of Chinese Internet users and examines the emergence of e business as well as the Internet s impact on media communications and politics in China Other key finding include 71 of Internet users and 69 of non users agreed that the Internet gives people more opportunities to express their political views 79 of Internet users and 77 of non users agreed that the Internet gives people a better knowledge of politics 79 of Internet users and 73 of non users agreed that the Internet will give government a better understanding of the views of its citizens 60 8 of Internet users and 61 of non users agreed that the Internet gives people more opportunities to criticize government s policies 54 of respondents users and non Internet users think online content is reliable However 50 of respondents think that it is necessary to manage and control the Internet 56 of Internet users are male and 58 are between the ages of 17 and 24 62 of Internet users have access at home 41 of users access the Internet at Internet cafes 57 of Internet users go online to browse and read news 51 said they go online to use e mail 49 for music 36 for instant messaging 5 for online shopping and 2 for online banking Internet use in China is growing rapidly with the number of users having reached 68 million in July 2003 China has surpassed all countries in the world with the exception of the U S in number of people online with new users going online daily Professor Guo is deputy Director of the Center for Studies in Social Development at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and one of the preeminent observers of the Internet in China He is the author of several books and has published several articles about information technology developments in China Life on the Line Starring Ally Sheedy To Air On Oxygen Network NEW YORK NY The Markle Foundation and Oxygen Media in collaboration with WebMD and Foundation for Accountability FACCT today announced that Life on the Line an original TV drama starring Ally Sheedy will air on October 2nd at 10 30 PM on the Oxygen Network Life on the Line is a unique initiative combining the powers of the Internet and TV to inspire and enable women to take control of both their health and health care The Life on the Line web site www lifeontheline webmd com which was launched in August is an online resource center from WebMD Health that provides women with the health information and resource tools they need to become more active participants in the health care system In the Life on the Line TV program Ally Sheedy portrays Chris McHugh a 34 year old mother of two and her courageous battle against inflammatory breast cancer Diagnosed with cancer and given only 18 months to live Chris McHugh resolved to learn everything she could about her disease and treatment options Chris passed away earlier this year but six years not 18 months after her diagnosis By becoming her own health advocate she bought precious years with her family and friends that doctors predicted she would never have had In addition she became an advocate for all women with serious illnesses urging them to be their own health care champions The web component to Life on the Line brings together some of the best health resources on the Internet and streamlines the often complex process of researching reliable health and health care information Women can use Life on the Line to assess how empowered they are as patients compare the care they are currently receiving to broader norms generate personalized tips to improve their care and their relationships with their doctors find doctors and hospitals appropriate to their individual needs learn critical aspects of self care to stay as healthy as possible and get and give support through WebMD Health s peer support systems The lesson we can learn from Chris McHugh s courageous fight against cancer is the importance of being an active patient said Zoë Baird president of the Markle Foundation The Markle Foundation s health program is committed to empowering patients and improving our health care system Life on the Line is a great example of how information and communication technologies can be used by patients to improve their health care We all know that the days of Marcus Welby MD are gone that the change in our health care system today requires a much more informed active patient said Geraldine Laybourne Chairman and CEO of Oxygen Media Life on the Line does a great job of role modeling this new reality The Life on the Line center provides high quality content specifically suited for the different stages within the healthcare continuum delivering education and guidance that addresses the challenges associated with navigating the healthcare system said Nan Forte EVP Consumer Services WebMD Health stated The Life on the Line partnership supports WebMD Health s mission of making health information more accessible easy to understand and most importantly actionable The Life on the Line concept was developed by the Markle Foundation in collaboration with WebMD FACCT Oxygen Media and a team of health and media experts Life on the Line was directed by Bette Gordon Ellen Lewis Stuart Rekant and Cheryl Miller Houser served as executive producers Lydia Stephans served as Executive in Charge of Production for Oxygen Media Life on the Line was produced by Hidden Treasure Productions Markle Foundation works to improve health and national security through the use of information and technology 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 Learn more about Markle at www markle org FACCT Foundation for Accountability is a national organization improving health care for Americans by advocating for an accountable and accessible system where consumers are partners in their care and help shape the delivery of care To achieve this goal FACCT creates tools to help people make quality based decisions develops consumer based quality measures supports public education about health care quality fosters efforts to collect quality data and informs public policy Oxygen Media a 24 hour cable television network puts a fresh spin on television for

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    an uncertain future has become a constant as lives are increasingly changed by technology and a networked world during the biggest economic transformation in a hundred years The country is crying out for a plan of action The loss of optimism points at the defining challenge of our time to make sure that all Americans will be included in this transformation The dream of working hard to achieve a brighter future has long been the bedrock of American society But in the last two decades technology has redefined the landscape of work and the economy Read More A Surprising New Source of American Jobs China By Zoë Baird and Emily Parker The 2016 presidential campaign season will bring all sorts of familiar proposals to create jobs in the U S but candidates who really understand today s global economy should highlight a more surprising possible engine of new employment for Americans China China s middle class continues to grow reaching an estimated 630 million people by 2022 Those consumers want better health care world class education and a cleaner environment China itself will eventually be able to provide those services but meanwhile the Internet makes it possible for China to create and sustain American jobs Read More JPMorgan Chase Institute Launch At the launch of the JPMorgan Chase Institute Zoë Baird CEO and President of the Markle Foundation participated in a panel discussion on individual income and consumption volatility Moderated by David Wessel of the Brookings Institution the panel also included Heather Boushey Washington Center for Equitable Growth and Bob Groves Georgetown University Also in attendance was former U K Prime Minister Tony Blair who provided a global perspective on data the importance of public private partnerships and the global impacts of U S household income Find out more 4D Expo At DAQRI s 4D Expo Philip Zelikow Markle Visiting Managing Director presented a keynote addressing the future of work He provided a unique perspective on American work through a historical lens and in the broader context of America s economic future He reiterated the importance of investing in improving and upskilling the jobs of front line workers The expo focused on how new 4D hardware and software is creating a more informed workforce and empowering front line workers View the keynote address ASU GSV Summit 2015 Rework America members Michael Crow and Howard Schultz in discussion with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News talk about the expansion of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan via ASU Online Zoë Baird CEO and President of the Markle Foundation introduced attendees to the extraordinary collaboration that was inspired by Rework America by these two innovative leaders View the introduction and full conversation Debra Burton For years Debra Burton struggled as a single mother without a high school diploma With the support of a creative training fund she was able to earn her associate s degree and acquire skills that opened doors to a better paying job Tanya Menendez and Matthew Burnett Matthew and Tanya

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