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Science Matters program explores digitizing medical records on Feb. 20

Posted: February 17, 2010 6:46 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2010 6:44 p.m.
LOS ANGELES -- The California Science Center's Science Matters, a speaker's program that explores current science issues in the forefront of public concern, will present "Your Medical Records Online: The Promises and the Pitfalls" Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

The program is free to the public and will take place in the Loker Conference Center at the California Science Center.

The federal government has set a goal for every American to have an electronic health record by 2014. Who will benefit? Who will pay? And what are the dangers inherent in the digitalization? How can the security of personal data be protected, regulated and monitored? Expert panelists, including Dr. Paul Tang who was recently listed as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and named to the 2009 Most Powerful Physician-Executive list, will explore the technical, societal and ethical dimensions of this urgent issue.

Conan Nolan, NBC4 reporter and co-host of News Conference, will serve as moderator for this panel discussion.

Panelists include: Paul Tang, M.D., M.S. Internist, Vice President, and Chief Medical Information Officer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at Stanford University; Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis; Nadereh Pourat, Ph.D., Director of Research Planning, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Associate Professor, UCLA School of Public Health; and Steven R. Smith, J.D., M.A., President, Dean and Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, San Diego.

Program attendees will have a chance to hear the debates on this issue and to ask questions of the panelists at the end of the program.

About the California Science Center
The California Science Center's mission is as follows: "We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives."

Admission is free; to reserve a seat RSVP at (213)744-2420.

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. General admission is free.

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