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Dr. David Brailer to speak at next e-Health Network Board meeting

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace,(502)564-6786  

David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., will visit Frankfort Jan. 24 to discuss national e-Health initiatives with the e-Health Network Board and meet with state, medical and business leaders.

Brailer, who serves as the national health information technology coordinator for the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), will address members of the e-Health Network Board during the next scheduled meeting on Jan. 24. The meeting will be from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 149 of the Capitol Annex. The meeting is open to media and members of the public.

He also will meet with Governor Ernie Fletcher and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark Birdwhistell during his visit.

“Dr. Brailer will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with the board,” said Birdwhistell, an e-Health Network Board member.  “We’re eager to learn more about what’s happening on a national level, which, in turn, will guide us as we begin laying the groundwork for an electronic health network in Kentucky.”

Brailer was appointed as the first national health information technology coordinator in May. In this role, he is charged with overseeing the widespread deployment of health information technology within 10 years.

Similarly, Kentucky’s e-Health Network Board was created to implement and oversee a statewide electronic health network to improve the state’s system of health care delivery and administration. Governor Fletcher appointed members to the 22-member board after the 2005 General Assembly.

An e-Health network could improve patient privacy, reduce medical errors, lower administrative costs and help make electronic medical records available to more Kentuckians.

During the e-Health board meeting, Brailer will discuss, among other topics, recent lessons learned from health information technology projects developed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that could be applied on a state or national level.

Prior to his appointment with HHS, Brailer was a senior fellow at the Health Technology Center in San Francisco, a non-profit research and education organization that provides information and resources to health care organizations about the future impact of technology in health care delivery. He holds degrees in medicine and economics.

Additional information on Dr. Brailer can be found at Further information about the e-Health Network and its board members can be found at


Last Updated 1/20/2006