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A Springfield businessman will serve on the Healthcare Information Technology Task Force. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Governor Matt Blunt appointed Gordon Kinne to the task force the governor set up last month to investigate ways to improve the use of technology in healthcare.
Blunt and other lawmakers have pointed to the loss of records following Hurricane Katrina and the impact that has had on displaced residents who no longer have documentation of their medical history.
Gordon Kinne is president of Med-Pay Incorporated, a company that handles and administers benefits for employers.
He says he'll bring a unique perspective to the task force.
Kinne is one of 14 members of the Healthcare Information Technology Task Force.
He offers this assessment of how the healthcare field has used technology.
Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would set up a fund to help the healthcare industry integrate technology more quickly.
Kinne says he wants to see that the state spends money from the fund wisely.
The task force must turn in preliminary recommendations by July first and the group's final report is due September first.