March 08, 2005

Crapo Recognized For Telehealth Work

Award presented for Senatorâ??s efforts to expand telehealth access

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo was recognized during a Capitol Hill event this week for his efforts on telehealth and interactive medical technology. The Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics presented Crapo with a Recognition Award for his work on those issues. Representatives from Idaho State University in Pocatello participated in the telehealth event; the Institute of Rural Health at ISU has provided significant leadership for telehealth technology in Idaho.â??In so many ways, technology is making medical care more effective as well as more accessible throughout the country,â?? Crapo said. â??It is important that we use these tools to empower people to take better care of their health. Early diagnosis can make a difference in so many diseases, and technology has advanced so dramatically in the last few years. Telehealth is extremely important in many rural areas of Idaho, and I am encouraged by congressional support of the cutting-edge technology that has been developed. I am appreciative of the recognition today, and look forward to a continued emphasis on educating Americans about better health.â??Crapo, who is also a member of the Medical Technology Caucus, has been a strong proponent in Congress for breakthrough medical technologies and advancements in patient diagnosis, treatment and safety.# # #