eHealth Initiative

Description:

The eHealth Initiative is an independent, non-profit affiliated organization whose goal is to drive improvement in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. The eHealth Initiative (eHI) engages the multiple stakeholders in healthcare both at the national level, and within states and communities across the country, to develop and drive the implementation of a common set of principles, policies and best practices for mobilizing information electronically to improve health and healthcare, in a way that is responsible, sustainable, responsive to each stakeholder’s needs, and which builds and maintains the public’s trust.

Applications:
Consumers, health care providers, and those responsible for population health will have ready access to timely, relevant, reliable and secure information and services through an interconnected, electronic health information infrastructure to support better health and healthcare.

Current Action:
The State of Health Information Exchange
eHealth Initiative recently released "The State of Health Information Exchange," A report directed at Connecting the Nation to Achieve Meaningful Use, which details the findings of the 2010 Seventh Annual National Survey on Health Information Exchange. The report identifies significant growth in the industry, as well as rising concerns related to new government policies, and an increased focus on patients. The report was shared with several hundred state and industry leaders during the National Forum on Health Information Exchange in Washington, DC. this is not the first report of its kind but gives the reader the most accurate picture of the state of the industry.
The report highlights survey results from the following areas:
  • Sustainability of exchanges
  • Policy and governance
  • Participation and engagement
  • Patient engagement
  • Service offerings
  • Reduction of health care costs
  • Patient privacy

National Progress Report on eHealth
The eHealth Initiative (eHI) released the “National Progress Report on eHealth,” which tracks the progress of eHealth in the wake of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The national progress report on eHealth includes a review of progress made over the last three years relative to strategies and actions proposed in a 2007 eHI report. Over one hundred individuals participated on committees charged with assessing progress in five focus areas: Aligning Incentives; Engaging Consumers; Improving Population Health; Managing Privacy, Security & Confidentiality; and, Transforming Care Delivery. The report highlights key trends, actions, and strategies that still need to be addressed.

Web Resources:
eHealth Initiative - Homepage
eHealth Initiative Blueprint

Citations/References:
www.ehealthinitiative.org