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May 26

Over 125 Medical and Tech Professionals attend Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association’s 4th Annual TechLatino 2030 Legislative Forum – Wrap Up

Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Manny Ruiz and Thomas Oliver are among the Honored at LISTA’s Government Beacon Awards Reception.

CONTACT: John Simmons  simmonsj@a-lista.org 800-775-0889

Washington, DC, May 12, 2011 – Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association and the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology welcomed nearly 125 distinguished guests to its 4th Annual TechLatino 2030 Legislative Forum and Government Beacon Awards reception at the Washington Hilton. Under the theme of “Where Healthcare and Technology Meet,” the Forum helped raise awareness to the need of Latino technology professionals and Latino medical professionals to come together on the adoption of technology in the medical practice. On Wednesday May 11th, LISTA members visited with many their Congressional representatives, showcased their support programs and services for the Latino Tech community and discussed the issues of EMR adoption being faced in the Latino Medical industry.  Visits were conducted with Senators Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio; Congressmen, Joe Baca, Jose Serrano, Albio Sires, Pedro Pierluisi then with Congressman Ruben Hinojosa where education and the Latino Community was discussed.  Visits were topped off with a special visit from Yankee’s great Bernie Williams. Day 1 closed with an Opening Reception conducted at the Washington Hilton where Dr. David Hunt of the Office of the National Coordinator spoke on the importance of EMR Adoption in the Latino Community.

“The forum provided Latino IT professionals an opportunity to dialogue with members of Congress about key concerns in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” said Jose Marquez-Leon, National President and CEO of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association. “It also helped to raise awareness of the digital divide in the medical industry and why special attention needs to be focused on Electronic Medical Records in the Hispanic Community, along with generating new ideas on how to stimulate the growth of Health IT and IT businesses in the Latino Community.”

The two day event featured multiple panels and a VIP Luncheon sponsored by CIGNA  with key speakers, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Office of the National Coordinator, Georgina Verdugo, Director, Office for Civil Rights and Garth N. Graham M.D., M.P.H. the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Office of Minority Health, Tony Jimenez – National Chairman of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA), Thomas Oliver, Forum Chair and Jose Marquez, LISTA National President, delivered remarks throughout the forum

“It was a great honor to have Dr. Garth Graham and Dr. David Hunt address our members,” said Tony Jimenez. Chairman of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association, “Their passion for the Latino community is evident and we know they will not let any community be left behind on the adoption of Electronic Health Records, they understand what a critical role Latino doctors play in this adoption and the importance of eliminating health disparities for all Americans.”

Four extraordinary individuals were honored at this year’s Government Beacon reception sponsored by AT&T; Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Manny Ruiz, CEO of Hispanicize – Visionary Award and Thomas Oliver – Chair Award.  It was a great event with many old and new friends and members.  “It was a distinct honor to present Congressman John Lewis with the Government Beacon Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to abolish all injustices to all people of color, and to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for her determined work to ensure Healthcare Reform and Health Information Technology for all along with her work in the subcommittee on counterterrorism” said Jose Marquez-Leon, National President and CEO of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA).

This event was generously sponsored by: CIGNA, AETNA, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, SHIRE, NCTA, HITN,, Coca Cola,  CapitalWire PR, Hispanicize, Norsan Multimedia Group,  Latina Style, MicroTech, NHIT, NHMA, America Global News, Taino Consultants, Inc., Career Communications Group, OVN Latino, Business Latino, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Thompson Coburn, LLP and Hispanic PR Blog.

About Latino in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA)

LISTA (www.a-lista.org) promotes the utilization of the technology sectors for the empowerment of the Latino community. We are an organization that is committed to bringing various elements of Technology under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society. LISTA Mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology in the Latino community and empowering them to bridge the digital divide.

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About the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology (www.LatinoHIT.org)

In 2009 the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology (LatinoHIT) was established with the purpose of sustaining the Latino community with a group of concerned technologist to assist in the paradigm shift to Health Information Technology and Electronic Health Records in the medical industry. LatinoHIT is committed to ensuring that primary care physicians, technology professionals and our community have the resources, information and tools to effectively understand the changes in the medical industry and bridge the digital divide. Meanwhile, we will work to cultivate the next generation of HIT workers among the Latino students and professionals who have been LISTA’s focus all along.

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