Senator Kennedy: Advocate for Healthcare IT and Reform

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The death of  Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) marks an important milestone in e-health and health-care IT as one of its more vigorous champions is now gone.  Since the Kennedy brothers went to my high school and were I feel amongst our strongest leaders as a country I feel a special sense of sorrow with his passing.  Indeed in listening to Obama‘s eulogy I reflected that as Obama said “For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts”. Recently he sponsored the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which includes $19 billion for health IT advancement and funding to promote healthcare, medical research and the study of comparative effectiveness treatments. Fortunately the roadmap he has put into place will allow major investments in healthcare IT and reform. Now,  it is time for us to continue his legacy.


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