Kevin McAleenan, deputy commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss CBP’s key strategic priorities, realigning its operational footprint, and pursuing innovative security strategies to promote lawful trade and travel. Here's a snapshot of our discussion.
""We put one sixth of our entire economy into health care -- far more than any other industrialized nation. The question is: do we get better results? The answer is: probably not. There are issues that we have to grapple as a society insisting that what "we're paying for is of the highest value."
"Ultimately, [the goal] is to make it a way of living, a way of thinking.
You begin to look for waste in whatever you do. Once you start thinking
that way, you can change the way that you are doing things so that it
is more efficient.”
"This joint theater trauma system in Iraq has a [trauma] registry that records all injuries, all aspects of
injuries, so that we are able to not only provide the care, but also to examine the care to see where
improvements could be made. We learn how to better manage the kind of trauma that we’re seeing.”
"If you think about what we’re about, creating knowledge, sharing
information for the advancement of humankind, then we’re all about
sharing information, but we also have the challenge of security and
securing the information. So balancing this is a big challenge.”
“We are moving to a patient-centric environment, where veteran health information can
be shared more easily…. [So] no matter where the veteran goes, the access to his or her
medical information is very easy, to the point where it can actually be accessed by other