Claremont Graduate University's E-Health Policy Forum in Washington, DC to Address Needs of Disability Community

Recent Kay Center Survey confirms that disabled community has strong interest in electronic personal health solutions; Claremont the only institution in the nation adressing this need.

Claremont, CA, April 19, 2007 --( The health systems can do more to ease the burden on disabled Americans. That’s the theme behind the Kay Center for E-Health Research Forum, “Connecting Disability Users and Systems to Health Information Networks,” to be held on April 19 in Washington, D.C.

An analysis of disability user needs and the technological and political barriers that need to be addressed will be the focus of the event. The Kay Center—housed at Claremont Graduate University in California—organized the event in light of the federal movement to develop at National Health Information Network (NHIN).

During the event, the Kay Center will discuss results from a recently completed survey, which found strong interest in personal health records among respondents who are disabled, especially for use during emergency circumstances. Moreover, notes Kay Center Director Horan, “Our policy research has uncovered a parallel need to address the means by which e-health systems could be used to streamline approval of disability benefits.”

Participants will include approximately 50 representatives from academia, state and federal government agencies, associations and non-profit organizations, and healthcare service and system providers.

Speakers include Kay Center Founder Steeve Kay; David Lansky of the Markle Foundation, Debbie Somers of the Social Security Administration; Michael Zamore, advisor to Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island); Fred Cowell of the Paralyzed Veterans of America; Anne Rader, National Council on Disability, and Thomas Eberle of Intel.

“This forum is part of a multi-year commitment by the Kay Center to bring the possibilities of e-health solutions to benefit of those who are disabled,” Horan said. “We expect to do our part by conducting research in support of this goal and we are thrilled to see growing national interest in devising e-health solutions for the disability community.”

Claremont Graduate University
Nikolaos Johnson