From: David Pittman
Sent: Friday, January 6, 2017 4:23 PM
To: Lance, Kirsten E. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report for afternoon of 1/6/17
The pool was led into a second floor room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at 3:22 p.m.
Vice President Biden was seated at the center of a long table with about 20 others to talk about patients' access to their medical records. It's part of Biden's work on his cancer moonshot initiative.
To Biden's left was Vindell Washington, head of HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. To Biden's right was Greg Simon, the executive director of Biden's moonshot. Also in the room where representatives of hospital systems, provider groups, technology companies and other government officials.
Biden spoke for 12 and a half minutes. A summary of his remarks:
Despite progress made, Biden and the president feel there's a lot more to do.
Biden mentioned work around his Precision Medicine and help passing the 21st Century Cures Act as signs of progress. He called cancer and access to health information some of the only non-partisan issues left in town.
"Hospitals, you're not all that anxious to have the patient pick up their record and walk out the door and maybe end up an empty bed in somebody else's [hospital.] But there's other legitimate reasons why sharing should be very easily done."
"Each and very patient, in the view of the vast majority of Congress, believes as I do the patient has the right to access their own health care records whatever reason they want. They want to hang it on the wall, they can do it."
Patients have many reasons to want their records, but mostly give to other doctors for their care.
The purpose of this meeting is to actually hear from the attendees about the challenges of sharing records.
"A lot of it can be cut through if you begin to change the culture."
The modern health care industry is established decades ago on a model that incentivizes proprietary information but also one that shouldn't work like that today.
"You guys in the health care industry are the least sharing people in the world."
"One of the reasons for spending $30 billion was to do what you all advised us. That we can save tens of billions of dollars a year if we come up with a system where we can easily share and store electronically patients records...I'm going to lock the doors. I have secret service on the other side, and we're not going to get out till we have some answers."
Your pooler asked for a list of all the attendees, but hasn't received that.
The pool was led out at 3:35
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