American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown gave the keynote address at the annual eHealth Initiative’s (eHI) 2012 Annual Conference, held January 11-12 in Washington, D.C. Her speech examined the positive impact of technology on cardiovascular health and stroke care and how the AHA is involved.
“I’m proud …that the American Heart Association and its scientific volunteers have played a key role in a wide range of eHealth advances…” said Brown.
Specifically, Brown spoke about the American Heart Association’s initiatives, such as Get With the Guidelines and other programs that aim and improve patient care.
“At the American Heart Association, we’ve seen how the technological component of initiatives like Get With The Guidelines is making a significant and documentable difference in the quality of care and patient outcomes. Around the world, others who’ve embraced technology are experiencing similar results. The bottom line is better patient care and better outcomes,” said Brown.
Brown also spoke about the importance of telemedicine in stroke care and the up-and-coming use of Telestroke Centers in rural and remote locations.
The eHealth Initiative is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to drive improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. Other notable speakers at this year’s conference included Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Jack C. Lewin, M.D., chief executive officer of the American College of Cardiology and Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., M.A.C.P., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.