Helping to Increase Communication Between Hospitals

After listening to concerns from health care providers and hospital executives, I recently introduced a bill(H.R. 5537)to help hospitals communicate with each other, which would increase efficiency and improve quality of care.

The bill requires the Government Accountability Office(GAO)to study the communication between computer systems used by hospitals to store and access electronic health records.

Over the past three and a half years we have met with hospitals, health care workers, patients and families and a common theme is the fact that medical records are not easily transferable between different hospital systems. With all the technology available to us in 2014, this should be a problem that can be solved.

Designing medical records systems that can talk to each other will increase access to care, lower health care costs, and allow for more effective coordination.

We live in an interconnected world where banking systems and other services are able to connect around the globe. Ensuring our health care system does the same is just common sense.


Meeting with West Virginia Farmers

This week I had the opportunity to meet with a number of people involved with West Virginia’s agricultural industry in Wetzel County. The agriculture industry in Wetzel Co. has been facing problems with road issues and the loss of acreage. This has caused some farmers to stop farming altogether. We met to discuss what can be done to help Wetzel County.


We also met with the Bridgeport Farmers Market leadership, where we learned that the farmers market was an excellent place to spend a Sunday. It is filled with music, activities, demonstrations, and, of course, food.


Visiting the Historic Cain House

Today I stopped by St. Marys to meet with constituents and visit the historic Cain House. Also known as the Alexander Creel Tavern, the Cain House was built in 1850 and served as the original Pleasants County Courthouse.  It has been a fixture in St. Marys for over 160 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rumors have been circulating about the future of the House.  As an engineer with over 30 years of experience, historic preservation has been an area of expertise and a lifelong passion. This is an issue that resonates with me.  Friday’s visit to St. Marys was an opportunity to be educated on the issue and find out the facts surrounding the Cain House’s fate.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence across the United States. The intent is to connect women’s advocates across the U.S. who are working to end violence against women and children. These activities are as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but have common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.


In August, I had the opportunity to meet with the prosecutor’s office, police, counselors, and victims during a roundtable discussing in Moundsville. Their stories and the work they do are recognized on the Day of Unity, celebrated on the first Monday of the month of October. On this day, and during this month, I hope that communities across all fifty states can celebrate the strength of women and their children.


Constituent Meetings

Throughout October I will be traveling around the First District meeting with constituents and visiting local businesses. So far this year I have had more than 220 meetings across the district. Keep an eye out, I may be visiting your town.

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202-225-4172, or submit a request on my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.

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