|eHealth Initiative Recognizes Leading Organizations That Are Improving Healthcare IT
The eHealth Initiative (eHI) recognized four
organizations who have demonstrated leadership in engaging consumers,
transforming care delivery, improving population health through the use
of health information technology (HIT) as well as effectively financing
and aligning incentives to support its use.
Awards categories align with the key components of the
eHealth Initiative Blueprint: From Consensus to Common Action,
representing multi-stakeholder consensus on a shared vision and a set
of principles,strategies and actions for improving health and
healthcare through information and information technology.
Through a collaborative process led by eHI’s
multi-stakeholder leadership, development of the eHI Blueprint involved
nearly 200 organizations representing the many diverse stakeholders in
healthcare, including clinicians, consumers, employers and purchasers,
healthcare IT suppliers, health plans, hospitals and other providers,
laboratories, the life sciences industry, pharmacies, public health
agencies, and state and regional leaders.
Awards were presented to the following recipients in four key areas:
The American Heart Association (AHA) received the eHI
Blueprint Award for Engaging Consumers. As an advocate for the patient,
the AHA has a very clear goal: reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke
death and disability by 25 percent by 2010.
Recognizing this and the recent surge of consumer
focused HIT, the AHA launched a strategic plan on HIT and in
particular, consumer directed HIT, that focuses on empowering
individuals to understand and modify their cardiovascular risk factors.
Aligning Financial and Other Incentives
HealthBridge and Their Community Collaborators received
the eHI Blueprint Award for Aligning Financial and Other Incentives.
Recognizing that most regional health information organizations and
health information exchange (HIE) initiatives face enormous challenges
to achieving financial sustainability, HealthBridge offered its hard
earned experience, expertise, and resources to help less advanced
community HIEs succeed more quickly with getting their business
operations and technical infrastructure in place.
Transforming Care Delivery at the Point of Care
The University of New Mexico Hospitals, Project ECHO
(Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) received the Blueprint
Award for Transforming Care Delivery at the Point of Care. Under the
leadership of the University of New Mexico Hospitals, Project ECHO is a
breakthrough initiative that brings state of the art medicine to
medically underserved and rural areas.
Improving Population Health
The Medical College of Wisconsin and St. Joseph’s
Family Medicine Residency received the eHI Blueprint Award for
Improving Population Health. The Medical College of Wisconsin and St.
Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency identified specific population
health problems and then used health information to address the issue
using their electronic medical record.
Address: eHealth Initiative, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20006; (202) 624-3270, www.ehealthiniative.org.