During an appearance in Baltimore, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stressed the merits of switching to electronic medical records. Gingrich was in Baltimore to speak at a healthcare symposium concentrating on preventable medication errors, healthcare information technology and healthcare issues. The federal government will spend up to $150 million over the next five years on electronic records, but many other countries spend more. The United Kingdom allocated more than $11 billion to digitize its healthcare system, and Canada is spending a billion dollars. Gingrich also advocated increasing the focus on preventive care instead of treatment, which he said would save billions in health costs.