Berwick talks electronic medical records his first day as chief of Medicare and Medicaid

Stephanie Vallejo
The Boston Globe

Harvard professor Dr. Donald Berwick, appointed as chief of Medicare and Medicaid during last week’s Congressional recess and sworn in yesterday, spent his first morning on the job at a press briefing on electronic medical records.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius introduced Berwick, who spoke first at the briefing hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. “We haven’t wasted any time,” said Sebelius. “He was sworn in yesterday afternoon and we’re putting him to work right away.”

Berwick opened his brief speech with forward-looking remarks, reminding the audience of President Obama’s goal to have electronic health care records available to all Americans by 2014. “What we have at stake is the future of health care itself,” said Berwick. “The benefits of a modernized health information technology help everyone. It’s a win-win, right across the board.”

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