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NIST to hold conference for health care/technology strategy.

Press Release Summary:

Jul 20, 2007 - NIST, in partnership with the Biotechnology Council and the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, is sponsoring a 1-day conference on Sept. 25, 2007 to cover the potential of bio and information technologies in healthcare delivery over the next 25 years. It is designed to begin a dialogue to address the need for new technologies that can avert the impending economic crisis in health care and to improve the quality of disease prevention and treatment.

National Institute of Standards & Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Original Press Release

Conference Seeks Strategy on Bio, IT Standards for Health Care

Press release date: Jul 19, 2007

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in partnership with the Biotechnology Council and the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, is sponsoring a one-day conference on the potential of bio and information technologies to improve healthcare delivery over the next 25 years. The role of measurements and standards in enabling broad-based advances in the use of biomeasurements, computational analysis and information technology in the nation's healthcare system will be discussed. The conference on Economic Strategy for Health Care through Bio and Information Standards and Technologies will be held in Gaithersburg, Md., on Sept. 25, 2007.

Healthcare spending accounts for nearly a fifth of the U.S. economy-the costs are expected to exceed $4 trillion a year by 2015. Rapidly developing advances at the intersection of measurement science and biology and information technology have the potential to curb the escalation in healthcare costs by shifting resources from the diagnosis and treatment of disease to the more cost-effective strategy of preventing disease in the first place, and more effective delivery of health care when necessary. However, breakthroughs in both measurement technologies for bioinformatics and information standards to assure the interoperability of bioinformatics data across different healthcare industry information systems are needed to enable commercial acceptance of these technologies.

The NIST conference is designed to begin a dialogue to develop a strategic plan for the nation to address the growing need for new technologies to help avert the impending economic crisis in health care and to improve the quality of disease prevention and treatment. For more details, go to http://www.itl.nist.gov/Healthcare/conf/intro.htm