December 14, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage Of $200,000 For E-Health Records At Suffolk County Health Center Network

Federal Dollars Will Help Computerize Health Records, Improve Quality of Care, Reduce Errors and Save Lives

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that both houses of Congress passed the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, including $200,000 to help computerize medical records at Suffolk County's Health Center Network. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"This is a great investment for Suffolk County," Senator Gillibrand. "Electronic health records will help bring our hospitals into the 21st century, reduce costly medical errors, save lives and improve the quality of care for Suffolk County patients. I will continue working to make sure Suffolk County gets its fair share from the federal government."

Suffolk County's Health Center Network will use the $200,000 federal investment to computerize medical records - improving their record keeping, reducing medical errors and reducing the amount of paper used by the hospitals.

The U.S. Senate passed the Omnibus Appropriations bill over the weekend. With final passage, the bill now goes to the President to become law.