Investing in Health IT: A Stimulus for a Healthier America

Investing in Health IT: A Stimulus for a Healthier America


Statement on behalf of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; United States Senate on January 15, 2009

John H Cochran, MD, FACS

Spring 2009 - Volume 13 Number 2

Senator Mikulski (D – MD) and Senator Enzi (R – WY) and other distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the invitation to be here today. I am Dr Jack Cochran, the Executive Director of The Permanente Federation—the national umbrella organization for the regional Permanente Medical Groups. The Permanente Medical Groups employ more than 14,000 physicians, who care for approximately 8.7 million Kaiser Permanente (KP) members. I appear today on behalf of the national KP Medical Care Program, the nation's largest integrated health care delivery system.


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