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New Health IT Innovation Awards Announced by NCHICA and Intel

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (February 7, 2013 ) — The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA) and Intel Corporation have announced a new series of  Health IT Innovation Awards to recognize outstanding applications of technology and unique approaches to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery within the United States. Three broad categories have been designated for award consideration: Information Technology, Informatics/Analytics, and Consumer Engagement.

“Intel has a long history of industry leadership and the development of game-changing technologies intended to spur innovation and enable realization of a trusted, integrated, people-centered healthcare system for the 21st century and beyond,” said Dan Rivera, area director, government, education and medical region, Intel Corporation.  “There is a breadth of innovation taking place and we look forward to highlighting these new and exciting technologies.”

“Through these awards, we seek to showcase innovations that accelerate the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system,” said Holt Anderson, executive director of NCHICA. “This fits with the mission of NCHICA, and we are proud to partner with Intel and other industry leaders on this important initiative.”

Nominations are due by March 8, 2013. Three finalists in each category will be selected by a panel of NCHICA members and other industry experts serving on the Awards Selection Committee. Nine finalists will be notified on March 29. The finalists will be recognized and the three winners will be announced and honored at a Gala Awards Celebration on May 7, 2013.  For further details and nominating criteria, visit http://www.nchica.org/HITNomination.pdf.

About NCHICA:

NCHICA is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to assisting NCHICA members in accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system through the effective use of information technology, informatics and analytics. Members include leading organizations in healthcare, research and information technology. For more information, visit www.nchica.org.

About Intel Corporation:

Intel brings its trademark innovation and game-changing technologies to the challenges facing healthcare in the 21st century. Independently and through strategic ecosystem partnerships, Intel helps enable trusted, community-based, customized care that improves outcomes, addresses costs, and drives global wellness. www.intel.com/healthcare

February 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Presenting the New NeHC CeRT- the Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool

In partnership with HealthCAWS, National eHealth Collaborative launches online assessment to measure progress in consumer engagement

Washington, DC (November 27, 2012) – Last week, National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) released its NeHC Patient Engagement Framework to great fanfare.  Today, NeHC announces the launch of an affiliated online assessment tool that truly brings the Framework to life.  The NeHC Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT) offers an extensive organizational evaluation tool, real-time progress reports and a comprehensive resource library designed to gauge the strength of organizations’ patient engagement activities and help them prioritize their improvement strategies.

“The NeHC CeRT is a concrete resource created to help healthcare organizations measure and grow their patient engagement strategies,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry.  “We hope the Patient Engagement Framework in combination with the NeHC CeRT will raise visibility and build awareness for the importance of consumer engagement and help the industry make progress in this direction.  We are pleased to work with HealthCAWS to bring this tool to the market.”

The NeHC CeRT is a cost-effective business intelligence solution for organizations seeking help to accelerate their consumer engagement efforts.  The NeHC CeRT provides a structure and support for organizations to measure their progress over time and its helpful resource library will stimulate the development of creative new initiatives. This tool will benefit a wide variety of stakeholder organizations, including health systems, provider groups, hospitals, health plans, health information exchanges, regional extension centers and others interested in using eHealth to improve their connection with patients.

Increasing consumer engagement is a strategic move that cultivates consumer loyalty and increases an organization’s competitive advantage in addition to improving health outcomes.  It can also be profitable.  On top of being mapped to the phases of the NeHC Patient Engagement Framework, the NeHC CeRT is also aligned with Meaningful Use consumer engagement criteria and several accountable care incentive programs.

“It has been exciting to work with the NeHC team and their many colleagues to advance consumer engagement in eHealth,” said Rose Maljanian, founder and CEO of HealthCAWS.  “Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, said it best when he commented at a recent meeting that ‘consumer engagement is the blockbuster drug of the century.’  As an industry, we need to focus our resources on programs and tools that encourage our patients to maintain their personal best health, avoid unnecessary care and partner closely with their providers to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

NeHC and HealthCAWS thanks the many industry experts who provided feedback on the tool during the validation process:

  • Kelly Faley, Vice President, Web Strategies, Sharp HealthCare
  • Randy Farmer, Provider Relations Director, Delaware Health Information Network
  • Elizabeth McKnight, Health Informatics Specialist, Alliance of Chicago
  • Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director, Employee Health Plan, Vanderbilt University

The NeHC Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool will debut at the Technology Crossroads Conference this week in Washington, DC.  For more information about the NeHC CeRT, please visit www.nationalehealth.org/CeRT or contact Jenna Bramble at jbramble@nationalehealth.org.

About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership focused on accelerating progress toward widespread, secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to improve health and healthcare.  NeHC’s neutrality and diverse multi-stakeholder participation provides a unique platform for collaboration.  NeHC educates, connects, and encourages healthcare stakeholders to advance health information technology and health information exchange (HIE) nationwide through its NeHC University web-based education program, its Consumer Consortium on eHealth and its HIE Learning Network.

National eHealth Collaborative is a cooperative agreement partner of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About HealthCAWS

HealthCAWS is a health care services company focused exclusively on helping payer, population health and delivery system clients improve health and reduce health care costs.  By Combining Accountability With Support in an adaptable technology Platform, HealthCAWS mobilizes consumers and providers in a unified effort to achieve the common goal of high quality, affordable care – “the CAWS™.”

About the NeHC Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT)

The NeHC Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT) is an online business intelligence service that measures a healthcare organization’s consumer engagement capabilities and practices through a survey that addresses four Progressive Consumer Engagement Dimensions, as well as technology, infrastructure, culture and outcomes measurement. The CeRT provides real-time progress reports and customized feedback that ties to a comprehensive resource center. The CeRT is mapped to Meaningful Use criteria and the NeHC Patient Engagement Framework.

 

December 5, 2012 I Written By

National eHealth Collaborative Surveys HIE Learning Network on Consumer Engagement Strategies

Consumer Engagement is a Priority, Progress is Being Made, Challenges Remain

Washington, DC (July 24, 2012)National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today widely released the results of its recent Consumer Engagement with Health Information Technology (IT) Survey.  The Survey was distributed to the 450 members of NeHC’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) Learning Network in advance of NeHC’s Consumer Consortium on eHealth Engagement Summit on July 16, 2012, during which highlights of the results were shared.  The survey was designed to build an understanding of consumer engagement strategies currently underway and planned for the future.  The NeHC survey inquired about how organizations define consumer engagement, how they are using health IT to engage consumers and what challenges have been encountered.  With a 21% response rate, the results of NeHC’s survey reveal interesting and encouraging findings.

“Effectively leveraging health IT to engage with patients and consumers will lead to better healthcare outcomes,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry.  “Our survey shows that a majority of organizations believe in the strategic importance of consumer engagement yet their strategies are understandably nascent.  NeHC’s Consumer Consortium on eHealth and HIE Learning Network can serve as forums for sharing consumer engagement lessons learned to help accelerate progress.”

NeHC’s survey showed that 53% of respondents ranked consumer engagement as high or very high in their organization’s priorities; only 3% ranked consumer engagement as very low in priority.  Yet 33% indicate that their strategies for consumer engagement with health IT are not clearly defined at all and 59% say their strategies for consumer engagement are beginning to evolve toward clarity.  Only 8% consider their strategies to be very clearly defined.

Respondents identified their primary goals for consumer engagement with health IT as follows:

·         Improve health outcomes – 68%

·         Deliver information to patients – 66%

·         Enable consumers to take more responsibility for their health – 59%

·         Reduce healthcare costs – 59%

·         Improve consumers’ experience in interacting with our organization – 57%

According to NeHC’s survey, there are many definitions for consumer engagement with health IT.  Based on a list of options, a majority of respondents indicated that their definition included:

·         Patient uses electronic educational material or online resources to learn about better health or their own health conditions – 74%

·         Patient refills prescriptions or accesses lab results or other personal health data online – 72%

·         Patient engages with provider through electronic means (e.g. telemedicine) – 71%

·         Patient understands how their health records are stored securely, how they will be used and shared – 69%

·         Patient enables friend or family member to review medical records electronically when appropriate – 64%

·         Patient manages own health through the use of electronic home monitoring devices, health-related smart phone apps or online tools – 63%

·         Patient uses IT tools and resources to manage his or her medical record – 62%

·         Patient downloads his or her medical record and other health data to a personal health record or to a personal electronic storage device – 62%

·         Provider emails or texts reminders to patients – 60%

·         Patient makes medical appointments online – 60%

·         Patient emails provider with questions – 58%

Respondents to the NeHC consumer engagement with health IT survey indicate they are using the following approaches:

·         Deliver information electronically to patients – 53%

·         Offer patient portal – 47%

·         Provide marketing or educational materials electronically – 43%

·         Offer personal health record – 31%

·         Offer remote monitoring to enable patient information to be transmitted to provider via electronic network – 21%

·         Include patients on Board of Directors and in other leadership roles – 16%

A panel discussion during the July 16 Consumer Consortium on eHealth Engagement Summit discussed these and other approaches in detail.

The NeHC survey uncovered additional information on how organizations plan to measure the success of their strategies for consumer engagement with health IT as well as the challenges they are facing.  The complete survey results can be found at www.nationalehealth.org/consumer-engagement-health-information-technology-survey.

NeHC’s role as health IT thought leader and convener of both the Consumer Consortium on eHealth and the HIE Learning Network provides a unique opportunity for all interested stakeholders to collaboratively explore how health IT and HIE  can help better inform patients and motivate them to become more engaged in their health and healthcare.  NeHC will bring together its Consumer Consortium on eHealth and HIE Learning Network as well as others who are interested for a roundtable discussion in the coming weeks to probe more deeply into these issues and their potential implications.

About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership focused on accelerating progress toward widespread, secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to improve health and healthcare. NeHC’s neutrality and diverse multi-stakeholder participation provides a unique platform for collaboration. NeHC educates, connects, and encourages healthcare stakeholders to advance health information technology and health information exchange nationwide through its NeHC University web-based education program, its Consumer Consortium on eHealth, and its HIE Learning Network.

National eHealth Collaborative is a cooperative agreement partner of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

August 5, 2012 I Written By