WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26, 2006 – Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, speaking at the eHealth Initiative’s Health Information Technology Summit, urged a dramatic change in the way the nation administers healthcare. Barrett called for employers to exercise their influence as the largest purchasers of healthcare to drive improvements in care delivery, reducing costs and improving quality.

“The current healthcare system is economically unsustainable and negatively impacting our nation’s ability to compete globally,” said Barrett, also a member of the United States Health and Human Services’ American Health Information Community. “It’s time for a systemic transformation, and U.S. employers must lead.”