National Partnership for Women & Families

Testimony of Christine Bechtel before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Health Subcommittee

National Partnership Vice-President testifies at the Hearing on Efforts to Promote the Adoption and Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology
Washington, D.C. — July 20, 2010 —
Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Congressman Herger, and members of the subcommittee. My name is Christine Bechtel and I am Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Just over a year ago, I was also appointed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to serve as a consumer representative on the Health IT Policy Committee.

The National Partnership is a non-profit, non-partisan consumer organization with almost 40 years of experience working to make life better for women and families by promoting access to quality health care, fairness in the workplace and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. As you know, health care is central to the well-being of women and families — it is a key determinant of their quality of life, their economic security, and their ability to thrive, prosper and participate in our society.

We are privileged to lead two important coalitions of consumer organizations dedicated to changing the way health care is organized, financed and delivered. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care together include more than 150 consumer and patient groups working to ensure that implementation of both the HITECH Act and the health reform law result in better quality, more patient-centered care, fewer disparities and better outcomes for everyone.

Health information technology (IT) plays a critical role in achieving these goals, and I am honored to be with you today to discuss the ways that the Meaningful Use of information technology will benefit patients and their families. [...]

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