Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wal-Mart CEO Calls on Businesses To Step Up Health IT Efforts - iHealthBeat - Daily News Digest on Health Care Information Technology

Wal-Mart CEO Calls on Businesses To Step Up Health IT Efforts : "Just who is responsible for transforming the U.S. health care system? The private sector? The public sector? Health care providers? According to one of the nation's top business leaders, transforming health care is a shared responsibility.

'The time for politics in our nation's debate on health care has passed,' Lee Scott, CEO of Wal-Mart, said on Tuesday at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C. According to Scott, it's time to take action, and businesses should be a 'catalyst for positive change.'

Scott said that businesses can further the effort to transform health care through three steps:

* Empowering consumers;
* Applying technologies; and
* Increasing efficiencies."

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