July 20 - 23, 2004 "The Secretarial Summit on Health Information Technology launching the National Health Information Infrastructure 2004: Cornerstones for Electronic Healthcare" (conference materials available at NHII 04 Conference website [includes pre-conference draft papers] or the NHII website)"
August 7, 2003 NCVHS Workgroup for the NHII, Executive Subcommittee Agenda
September 7-11, 2004 The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) hosted the premier health informatics conference in San Francisco: Medinfo 2004.Since 1974 the international informatics community has assembled the industry's leaders once every three years to put on Medinfo, the World Congress on Medical Informatics. David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), was a Keynote speaker before 3,000 attendees. Additionally, William A. Yasnoff, M.D., Ph.D., FACMIchaired and participated in a Panel called a multi-national perspective on the development of national health information infrastructure. Dr. Yasnoff, a noted expert in medical informatics, is the Senior Advisor at DHHS advising on health informatics policy. The Panel participants included Dr. Yasnoff (U.S.); Myrna Francis, Ph.D. (Canada); Branko Cesnik, M.B.B.S., M.D., FACHI, (Australia); Janet Marchibroda, Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Initiative and Executive Director of its Foundation (U.S.); Richard Granger, Director General, National Health Services (U.K.); and Don E. Detmer, M.D., M.A. (an international expert on health information infrastructure in both the U.S. and U.K.). The representatives from each country provided descriptions of their health information infrastructure (HII) activities, progress, and plans. The panel focused on the development of a universal HII that provides immediate anywhere, anytime access to complete healthcare information for patient care. With the growing body of evidence demonstrating the inability of paper-based records to assure safety, quality, and efficiency of care, an increased urgency for the development of such infrastructures has resulted.However, successful large-scale HII implementation is a complex and challenging task involving political, organizational, and behavioral obstacles in addition to serious technical issues.Each nation is taking a somewhat different approach to these problems. Since no country at the present time has fully completed the development of its HII, while many have committed substantial financial resources to these activities, it is essential that every opportunity to exchange information and share lessons learned should be utilized including the development and adoption of national and international standards to support these efforts.
May 6, 2004 At the Health Information Technology Summit on May 6, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced the appointment of David J. Brailer, MD, PhD as the first National Health Information Technology Coordinator. The new position, created by President Bush in April, will coordinate the nation's health information technology efforts. Dr. Brailer is one of the nation's foremost authorities on clinical data sharing, local health information exchanges, and the use of the peer-to-peer technologies in health care. He is recognized as a leader in the strategy and financing of quality and efficiency in health care, with a particular emphasis on health information technology and health systems management. The Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. Secretary's Speech at the "Health Information Technology Summit"
January 20, 2004 Strategies for Creating Successful Local Health Information Infrastructure Initiatives Full Report (PDF) Nancy M. Lorenzi, PhD. Vanderbilt University Department of Biomedical Informatics