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National eHealth Collaborative’s HIE Learning Network Makes Significant Progress in Finding Solutions to Some of the Toughest Issues Faced By Industry Today

Workgroups recommend a formula for HIE sustainability, a framework for measuring interoperability, bundles of high value/low cost HIE services and critical success factors for supporting new payment and delivery models

Washington, DC (November 28, 2012) – The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) Health Information Exchange (HIE) Learning Network today presented a groundbreaking set of suggested solutions for some of the most challenging HIE issues at the inaugural Technology Crossroads Conference.  These recommendations are the culmination of five months of work by a group of over 450 stakeholders.

“Health information exchange can improve healthcare quality and help to contain costs – something our health system is under enormous pressure to achieve.  Progress is being made to bring successful widespread HIE and all of its benefits to providers and patients nationwide, but challenges remain.  The NeHC HIE Learning Network has worked collaboratively to tackle tough issues and develop solutions that we hope will continue to advance HIE,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry.

Created as a result of feedback from contributors to NeHC’s HIE Roadmap: The Landscape and a Path Forward, the NeHC HIE Learning Network launched in July 2012 by convening four workgroups: addressing variations in interoperability standards, phasing and prioritizing implementation of HIE services, HIE functions to support new payment and delivery models, and business models for sustainability.  An expert team of co-chairs led each of the workgroups, with overall strategic direction provided by an extraordinary group of national and regional health IT thought leaders.

“It has been eye-opening to serve on the NeHC HIE Learning Network Leadership Council and to see the dialogue and workgroups progress,” said Laura Adams, CEO, Rhode Island Quality Institute and member of the NeHC HIE Learning Network Leadership Council.  “HIE is an important function to enable improvements in healthcare outcomes and this work will help us continue to make progress in the right direction.”

The Business Models for Financial Sustainability workgroup conducted an in-depth study of the financial performance of HIE initiatives to identify and recommend strategies that can lead to financial sustainability.  The workgroup gathered detailed financial information from HIE initiatives serving 38 million people, produced an income statement representing the current financial position of the HIE community and compared a group of HIE initiatives that are currently profitable to those that are currently unprofitable.  The average profitable HIE realized a higher revenue from operations per capita due to a more aggressive pricing strategy, greater market share/penetration, and higher investment in product development.  The workgroup was able to define the magnitude of the “sustainability gap” and develop recommendations for how to address it.

“We read and hear frequently that HIEs lack a sustainable business model and are failing.  The Sustainability workgroup collected and analyzed HIE financial information and can state with confidence that it is premature to conclude that health information exchange is ultimately doomed.  Based on this groundbreaking work, we know the level of revenue and investment at which HIE sustainability should be achievable.  Further, it is clear that some HIEs are progressing toward sustainability,” said Jeff Rose, Venture Partner, ICG Group, Inc. and Co-Chair, NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup on Business Models for Financial Sustainability.

Achieving interoperability between inter-related software systems in a way that does not require steep technical interface costs is also a major challenge.  The NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup on Addressing Variations in Implementation of Interoperability Standards reviewed current interoperability efforts, identified gaps, and recommends that the industry come together to develop consensus on a method for defining and measuring interoperability.  The key conclusion was that doing so would ultimately lead to better coordinated efforts and accelerated progress in reaching the ideal state of interoperability.

“With the increased focus on HIE in Meaningful Use Stage 2 and potentially more in Stage 3, and an ever-increasing need to ‘do more with less,’ it is time to determine whether the standards and tools we have developed thus far are actually meeting interoperability objectives.  There is much work being done in this area, but as an industry, we have yet to measure progress.  If we do not start to measure, how will we know that we are truly moving forward in making a difference for our patients and providers?” said Richard Wang, Director, Product Marketing, RelayHealth and Co-Chair, NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup on Addressing Variations in Implementation of Interoperability Standards.

The NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup on Best Practices for Prioritizing and Phasing Implementation of HIE Services worked to identify options for how HIEs should prioritize and phase implementation of technology infrastructure and exchange services.  The workgroup recommends that HIE organizations first clearly understand the needs of their community and consider whether a comprehensive set of HIE services is required.  In communities that need a full set of HIE services, the workgroup recommends implementing a series of high value bundles of services built on the lightest possible technology infrastructure.  In communities that may not need comprehensive services, the workgroup recommends possible niche strategies that fulfill a specific need, such as offering HIE services to support meaningful use, respond to a specific government or market requirement such as Social Security disability determinations or Veterans Administration benefits determinations, or support transitions of care.

“Depending on the needs of community stakeholders, HIE initiatives can do a lot or a little.  But regardless of the strategy that best serves the community, offering high value, low cost services is critical to success.  The recommendations of the workgroup on Prioritizing and Phasing Implementation of HIE Services are on point with WHIE’s philosophy to start simple, demonstrate value and then move forward,” said Kim Pemble, Executive Director, Wisconsin HIE (WHIE) and Co-Chair, NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup on Best Practices for Prioritizing and Phasing Implementation of HIE Services.

Economic pressures, health reform, and a healthcare system that is transitioning from “pay for volume” to “pay for value” are driving the establishment of new payment and delivery models and HIE will be a critical foundation of these new models.  The NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup on HIE Functions to Support New Payment and Delivery Models recommends that in addition to providing basic, but critical, care coordination services (e.g. results delivery, continuity of care summaries, immunization reporting), HIEs should be prepared to provide analytic tools, including business intelligence and comparative analytics, and to develop the infrastructure necessary to perform quality reporting and referral processing.  The workgroup has also outlined a set of characteristics and actions that are necessary for HIEs seeking to support new models.  Some of these characteristics include a focus on providing timely, usable and valuable data that can drive decision making and behavior change; open, transparent and trustworthy governance that encourages competitors to share data; services that are patient-centered and easy for providers; and serving as a collaborator to bring together broad stakeholder groups involved in exchanging both clinical and non-clinical data to support whole patient care.

“HIE is a critical component to transform healthcare.  New payment and delivery models are still evolving, as is the role of HIEs in supporting them.  That said, the New Models workgroup believes HIEs can be an important enabler of healthcare transformation,” said Jeri Kirschner, Federal Health Liaison, Orion Health and Co-Chair, NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup on HIE Functions to Support New Payment and Delivery Models.

In addition to the presentation of findings and recommendations at the HIE Learning Network symposium at the Technology Crossroads Conference, each NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup has prepared a detailed whitepaper documenting their work, including the process, landscape, survey analysis, conclusions, recommendations and case study examples that bring the recommendations to life.  These whitepapers will be released in conjunction with a deep dive webinar on the findings of the workgroups during the week of December 3, 2012.  Additional information on this webinar will be available soon.

Specific information on each workgroup’s project scope, work plan, leadership and stakeholder participation is available on the NeHC website at http://www.nationalehealth.org/hie-learning-network/#workgroups.

About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that accelerates secure and meaningful use of health IT through education and stakeholder engagement to advance health and transform healthcare.  Through its NeHC University online education program, its Consumer Consortium on eHealth patient engagement initiative, and its ongoing study of critical success factors for health information exchange through the HIE Learning Network, NeHC works to educate, connect and encourage healthcare stakeholders in efforts to promote the successful deployment of health IT and health information exchange nationwide.

NeHC is a cooperative agreement partner with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

About the NeHC HIE Learning Network

The NeHC Health Information Exchange (HIE) Learning Network is a group convened by National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) to collaboratively develop and recommend solutions for some of the biggest challenges faced by those implementing electronic health information exchange.  Born out of feedback from expert contributors to NeHC’s HIE Roadmap: The Landscape and a Path Forward (released in April 2012), NeHC kicked off the HIE Learning Network in July 2012.

December 20, 2012 I Written By

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 Releases the Patient Engagement Framework

Culmination of a collaborative project of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth

Washington, DC (November 19, 2012) – National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today hosted a webinar to release the much-anticipated Patient Engagement Framework, a model created to guide healthcare organizations in developing and strengthening their patient engagement strategies through the use of eHealth tools and resources. The Framework is the result of several months of collaboration and iteration with many interested stakeholders.

“We hope this Patient Engagement Framework will be a useful resource for healthcare organizations,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry. “We are at a critical moment when patient engagement is becoming increasingly important given the movement toward meaningful use and accountable care. We as individuals should be more engaged in managing and improving our own health. This Framework is intended as a guide organizations can aspire to as they move in this direction.”

The Patient Engagement Framework outlines several attributes of organizations that successfully engage and support patients, and ultimately their communities, in their care. The Framework provides a series of phases to show the progression from a provider-centric model to one that is truly patient-centered. The phases of the Framework include inform me, engage me, empower me, partner with me, and support my community. Within these phases, the Framework is organized to build on an organization’s capabilities including information and way-finding, e-tools, forms and patient education, patient access to their information, patient role in generating their information, and patient role in the care team.

“The patient is the point of health information, and a framework for systematically keeping the patient’s interests at the center of health information technology helps us move toward higher-performance, higher-value healthcare,” said Dr. Jon Perlin, CMO and President of Clinical Services at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). “This is a great way for healthcare to measure how prepared they are for patient engagement.”

The Framework took into consideration several existing resources and patient engagement measures, including those required by meaningful use Stage 1 and Stage 2.  More than 100 individuals from across the healthcare, patient engagement, and behavioral science fields reviewed and provided input on the Framework. Since January, the Framework has circulated among several groups, including the Partnership for Women and Families, The Foundation for Informed Decision Making, Healthwise employees and advisors, the Long Term Post Acute Care Association, members of HL7, members of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Health IT Standards and Policy Committees, and members of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. NeHC thanks Leslie Kelly Hall, Senior Vice President of Policy at Healthwise and a member of the Consumer Consortium Steering Committee for her extraordinary leadership in this effort.

“It was important that we create a tool that could be adapted to a variety of care settings and be a practical guide for organizations really trying to strengthen their patient engagement strategies,” said Leslie Kelly Hall, SVP of Policy for Healthwise and NeHC Board member. “Each time we reviewed the Framework with a group we incorporated feedback and refined our final product. The entire process was a great learning experience and brought us closer to understanding the needs of many communities in trying to effectively engage patients by using health IT.  We recognize that the Framework will continue to be refined.”

The Patient Engagement Framework is available for download at www.nationalehealth.org/patient-engagement-framework. To view the slides or download the recording from the release webinar, visit www.nationalehealth.org/frameworkrelease (recording will be posted within 24 hours of this release).

To provide a concrete tool for organizations to assess their status of consumer engagement efforts and to make progress on implementing the Patient Engagement Framework, NeHC in partnership with HealthCAWS® will soon be releasing an online assessment and supporting tools. The NeHC eHealth Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment is a business intelligence tool mapped to the concepts and recommendations of the Framework. The Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment is designed to provide customized progress reports and guidance for improving consumer engagement strategies. In addition to progress reports to help organizations assess where they are along the Framework and opportunities for improvement, the online tool provides a directory of consumer engagement resources and eHealth solutions.

To learn more about the NeHC eHealth Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment, please 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.

November 27, 2012 I Written By

NeHC University Celebrates Achievement of Major Milestones

Rapid growth and diversity of audience shows tremendous value of popular health IT education program

WASHINGTON, DC (October 11, 2012)National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today celebrate major milestones for its professional education program and thanked its Board of Directors, NeHC University Advisory Council, members, speakers, and especially NeHC University attendees for their role in making the program an overwhelming success.

Originally launched in 2010 and then widely expanded in 2011, NeHC University’s total attendance from inception through September 2012 has exceeded 22,000. The NeHC University audience remains very diverse, with participation from federal and state government, health information exchange organizations, health systems, health plans, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians, educational institutions, technology companies, consulting firms, health related associations, and others.  Indicative of the high quality of NeHC University programs, 85% of attendees have consistently rated NeHC classes “excellent or above average.”

“We are proud of our track record in framing important and timely health IT topics and bringing outstanding speakers to discuss those topics with NeHC University attendees,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry. “From our perspective, the dramatic growth in our audience, the strong level of interaction during the question and answer sessions, and the consistently positive evaluations are clear signs that stakeholders find great value in our programs.”

Since April 2011, NeHC University has conducted over 80 webinars on subjects such as health IT orientation, health IT trends, health information exchange, consumer and patient engagement strategies, ONC programs and policies, meaningful use, trends in HIT innovation, payer health IT engagement, and IT in behavioral health, in addition to individual briefings from top industry leaders.  NeHC University speakers have included Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC); Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer; Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Jodi Daniel, Director of Policy and Planning at ONC; Dr. Patrick Conway, CMO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Chuck Parker, Executive Director at Continua Health Alliance; Dr. Danny Sands, President, Society for Participatory Medicine; David Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC); Claudia Williams, Director of the State HIE Program at ONC; Deven McGraw, Director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology; and Laura Adams, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI).

NeHC is also pleased to announce that additional NeHC education programs will take place during the Technology Crossroads Conference on November 27-28 in Washington, DC. The first of its kind, this conference will spotlight the many ways in which multiple industries are working together to accelerate healthcare transformation. Programs at the conference will include “Telehealth: Best Practices, Implications, and How to Scale,” “Using Technology to Improve the Patient-Provider Relationship,” “Keeping the Network Secure,” and “Trends and Projections at the Intersection of AV and HIT.” Additionally, the results of NeHC HIE Learning Network workgroup efforts to address HIE sustainability, prioritization of HIE services, variations in interoperability standards, and HIE functions to support new payment and delivery models will be presented during a special session at the conference. Interested participants can learn more and register for the conference at http://www.nationalehealth.org/technology-crossroads-conference.

NeHC is excited to recognize the public and private sector organizations whose employees take full advantage of NeHC University programs.  Government organizations with the highest attendance in NeHC University programs include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Top attending private sector organizations include Booz Allen Hamilton, Cerner Corporation, McKesson, MITRE, and Siemens Corporation.

“VA is delighted to be acknowledged as one of the top attendees of NeHC University programs,” said Tim Cromwell, Director of Standards and Interoperability for the Office of Informatics and Analytics, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  “Our employees are very interested in keeping up with the dynamic progress of health IT and NeHC University ably meets this need. It is because of the valuable information they present that we encourage all VA team members to take full advantage of all of the outstanding health IT education programs that NeHC offers. We see access to these programs as a key member benefit and we will continue to attend NeHC’s programs well into the future.”

“NeHC University has consistently been a great source of timely, detailed information that is of great value to Booz Allen Hamilton,” said Kristine Martin Anderson, Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. “With health IT being a complex and constantly-changing industry, we highly value an organization that brings in expert thought leaders to spotlight best practices and give updates on key issues and topics that affect the industry. We are proud to support NeHC and are looking forward to participating in upcoming programs.”

NeHC recently announced its schedule for upcoming NeHC University programs, which can be viewed on the NeHC University webpage at http://www.nationalehealth.org/program/nehc-university. Recorded webinars and transcripts for past NeHC University programs can be accessed on the NeHC website. University classes and materials are offered free to NeHC members and for a modest fee to non-members.  NeHC encourages its many repeat attendees to take advantage of the significant discount offered through NeHC membership.

About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that accelerates secure and meaningful use of health IT through education and stakeholder engagement to advance health and transform healthcare. Through its NeHC University online education program, its Consumer Consortium on eHealth patient engagement initiative, and its ongoing study of critical success factors for health information exchange through the HIE Learning Network, NeHC works to educate, connect and encourage healthcare stakeholders in efforts to promote the successful deployment of health IT and health information exchange nationwide.

NeHC is a cooperative agreement partner with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

About NeHC University

National eHealth Collaborative’s NeHC University is a web-based education program designed to provide stakeholders with timely and relevant information on health information technology and health information exchange in the United States. By offering introductory programs focused on providing an orientation to health IT, as well as deep dives into specific health IT topics, NeHC University provides unique opportunities for interested stakeholders to learn about multiple health IT initiatives, programs, and trends all in one place.

About Technology Crossroads Conference

National eHealth Collaborative in partnership with InfoComm International, is proud to announce the inaugural Technology Crossroads Conference, which will take place in Washington, DC on November 27 and 28, 2012. During the conference, keynote speakers, panel discussions, case studies and technology demonstrations will examine the many uses of AV products and services in various healthcare settings, including telemedicine and telehealth, surgical video, mobile and personal connected health tools, remote patient monitoring, medical instruction and network security.  View the conference agenda at http://www.nationalehealth.org/technology-crossroads-agenda

November 17, 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

National eHealth Collaborative Offers Guidance for Successful HIE

Latest report from NeHC lays out a roadmap for accelerating widespread health information exchange
by leveraging nationally-recognized technology standards and learning from HIE pioneers

Washington, DC (April 2, 2012)National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today released the Health Information Exchange Roadmap: The Landscape and a Path Forward.  This Roadmap offers stakeholders a clear picture of efforts being undertaken by both the public and private sectors to create and implement the building blocks for widespread deployment of interoperable HIE.  It also provides an understanding of how these diverse approaches fit together into a cohesive strategy for nationwide HIE and suggests a four phase roadmap to help HIE initiatives make progress and become sustainable.

“In this time of unprecedented investment, growth and innovation, achieving widespread HIE is a worthy goal because of its many benefits to patient care,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry.  “A great deal of progress is being made today yet ongoing challenges remain.  We hope this HIE Roadmap helps to clarify options, motivate action and accelerate success for those stakeholders who believe that HIE is a necessary foundation for healthcare transformation.”

Health Information Exchange Roadmap: The Landscape and a Path Forward covers the following major topics in detail:

1)      ONC-led efforts to develop nationally-recognized standards that can be leveraged by local HIE initiatives and how those standards work in harmony with local efforts to create a cohesive strategy for market-driven interoperability;

2)      Examples of where national standards are currently being leveraged by diverse market based initiatives to provide innovative HIE functionality and services; and

3)      A roadmap of the major steps communities can follow to accelerate progress toward the realization of a widespread and successful deployment of interoperable EHRs, connected health IT tools and real time information sharing through HIE.

“ONC has been a significant catalyst in propelling the nation toward the goal of standardized technical interoperability between electronic health records and information sharing through health information exchange,” said Kevin Hutchinson, member of the HIT Standards Committee and chair of the NeHC Board of Directors.  “As a member of the HIT Standards Committee, I can attest first-hand to the incredible difference ONC has made to encourage and enable widespread HIE by bringing the community directly into the standards development process.”

“Making progress to increase the specificity of standards is important to growing interoperable health information exchange.  ONC is committed to helping the nation improve health and healthcare through the use of IT and information exchange.  One of the ways we can do that is by developing and harmonizing a portfolio of standards, services and policies that will enable the secure exchange of health information over the Internet,” said Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, Director of the Office of Standards and Interoperability at ONC.  “The success of this work is only possible because of the dedicated individuals that volunteer their expertise and countless hours of their time to participate in the Standards & Interoperability Framework initiatives, so that the building blocks are in place for interoperable HIE to become a standard of care.”

The HIE Roadmap includes multiple examples of leading HIE-enabling organizations that are leveraging nationally-recognized HIE standards to improve patient care, achieve efficiencies and realize cost savings.

“The availability of national standards is a critical foundation for HIE.  With this in place, HealthBridge is able to focus on connecting our customers to better information that brings value, improves patient care and positions them for success in a changing environment,” said Keith Hepp, Interim Chief Executive Officer, HealthBridge.

The third section of the HIE Roadmap suggests a four phase process for making progress toward full HIE:  (1) HIE objectives and vision, (2) market assessment, (3) strategy development and (4) strategy implementation.  These phases and the steps within them are intended to help all healthcare organizations seeking to use HIE to improve patient care, regardless of where they may be on the continuum that leads to full interoperability and widespread HIE.

“This Roadmap synthesizes a great deal of valuable information that may be helpful for many types of organizations either directly involved with HIE or enabling HIE,” said Michael Matthews, CEO, MedVirginia. “As a public-private partnership with multi-stakeholder engagement, NeHC is well positioned to convene stakeholders to tackle ongoing HIE challenges and encourage consensus on best practices that can be widely disseminated.”

NeHC consulted with many stakeholders to validate its belief that there was a need for this type of document designed to help stakeholders understand the current landscape and to chart a path forward for those actively working to advance HIE.  More than 60 experts and renowned HIE thought leaders directly provided advice and input into the final HIE Roadmap.  A common theme heard through the expert feedback was that challenges remain and there is a need for a collaborative process to tackle remaining challenges.

The release of the HIE Roadmap will kick off the launch of NeHC’s new HIE Learning Network.  This will include a series of workgroups to build consensus on best practices that can bring value by addressing some of the ongoing HIE challenges.  NeHC will begin this process by seeking feedback from all interested stakeholders on the most important issues to tackle.  Based on feedback to date, initial topics for these workgroups may include:

  • Business models for financial sustainability
  • Measures of success
  • Best practices for prioritizing and phasing implementation of HIE services
  • Stakeholder engagement and governance best practices
  • Best practices for evaluating and selecting technology solutions
  • Addressing variations in implementation of interoperability standards
  • Strategies and value propositions for consumer engagement
  • Patient consent models and best practices
  • Best practices for patient matching
  • Secondary uses of data opportunities and best practices
  • Payer and employer engagement in HIE
  • Role and function of HIE in support of accountable care

“NeHC is very grateful to the many experts and industry leaders who contributed their insight and experience to our HIE Roadmap and who have encouraged the next phase of NeHC’s work on HIE.   As a neutral public-private partnership, our contributors consider NeHC to be ideally suited to serve as the convener of a new collaborative network dedicated to continuous improvement and learning on HIE.  We are excited to be launching the HIE Learning Network, which we hope over time will make a difference in all of our lives as patients and consumers of healthcare,” said Berry.

NeHC invites stakeholders to help NeHC gather and prioritize issues for inaugural HIE Learning Network workgroups and to sign up to participate.  Stakeholders can download Health Information Exchange Roadmap: The Landscape and a Path Forward, volunteer their opinions on key issues and commit to joining an HIE Learning Network workgroup at www.nationalehealth.org/hie-roadmap.

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, its support of the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange, its collaborative online community and its ongoing study of leading health information exchanges.

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.

April 2, 2012 I Written By

National eHealth Collaborative Shares Results of 2012 Stakeholder Survey

Washington, DC (February 27, 2012)National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today widely released the results of the 2012 NeHC Stakeholder Survey, featuring responses related to health information exchange, consumer engagement and other NeHC programs. NeHC previewed the results at HIMSS12 during its stakeholder meet-up and other strategic meetings.

Coming on the heels of the release of the proposed rule for meaningful use Stage 2, survey results provide insights into stakeholder perceptions related to barriers to health information exchange (HIE) and the importance of consumer engagement to transforming healthcare, which relate to some of the core measures that physicians and hospitals must meet in order to be eligible for Stage 2 meaningful use incentives. Stakeholders believe that the most important benefits of HIE include care coordination, ensuring that patients and providers have the right information available when needed to support patient care, and improving quality and efficiency. In addition, stakeholders believe that consumer engagement will be very important or important to transforming healthcare and achieving better outcomes.

“It is both interesting and enlightening to understand what stakeholders are thinking related to core strategic priorities for NeHC including education, HIE, and consumer engagement,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry. “This type of information can help inform our programs to ensure we emphasize the areas of greatest need to encourage progress toward widespread deployment of HIT and HIE to improve patient care.”

Highlights from the survey are included below:

  • “What are the most important benefits of health information exchange?” (Respondents were asked to select three)
    • 73% – Better care coordination
    • 65% – Providers and patients have the right information available when needed
    • 39% – Improved efficiency
    • 37% – Improved quality
  • “What are the biggest challenges to achieving widespread health information exchange?” (Respondents were asked to select three)
    • 61% – Funding and sustainability
    • 53% – Interoperability standards
    • 46% – Provider adoption
    • 46% – Disparate electronic medical record systems
    • 34% – Privacy and security
  • “How important is patient/consumer engagement to transforming healthcare?”
    • 95% – Very important or Important
    • 5% – Somewhat important
  • “What Health IT topics are of greatest interest to you?”
    (Respondents were asked to select all that apply)
    • 60% – Interoperability standards
    • 57% – Meaningful use
    • 51% – Examples of HIE
    • 49% – Health IT policy updates
    • 49% – Healthcare reform
    • 44% – Privacy and security

For a full reporting of the top survey results visit: http://www.nationalehealth.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/2012%20NeHC%20Stakeholder%20Survey%20Results%20FINAL.pdf.

NeHC conducted this survey from February 13-17. The questionnaire was distributed to over 7,000 stakeholders with a response rate of 3 percent.

NeHC intends to use survey results and additional stakeholder feedback to inform its continued work with HIE, consumer engagement through the Consumer Consortium on eHealth, and with planning future NeHC University education programs.

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, its support of the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange, its collaborative online community and its ongoing study of leading health information exchanges.

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.

March 1, 2012 I Written By

NeHC University Announces Spring 2012 Semester

National eHealth Collaborative will kick off new classes on February 1

WASHINGTON, DC (January 31, 2012)National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today announced the start of the NeHC University Spring 2012 semester. The new semester of this popular health IT (HIT) education series will kick off on February 1 and run through June.

“Last year we welcomed over 7,500 attendees to our NeHC University programs, which shows that our stakeholders find the wide range of health IT topics we cover to be timely and relevant,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry. “We will continue to offer high quality programs with expert speakers while allowing for audience question and answer sessions.  We will build on our successful education programs and add series on consumer engagement, health IT innovation, Beacon Community case studies, and more.”

This semester, NeHC University will offer:

  • HIT Orientation: HIT Orientation will provide students with an introduction to HITECH and ONC initiatives, and a high-level view of the current HIT landscape in the U.S. This program will kick off the new semester on Wednesday, February 1 from 1:00PM-2:30PM ET and will feature Gwenn Darlinger, Project Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
  • Spotlight Learning Series: HIE Leadership and Sustainability: NeHC will continue last semester’s popular HIE case studies series and will supplement the series with classes such as an introduction to the HIE landscape and an update on the Direct Project.
  • Introduction to the HIE Landscape: CapSite Senior Vice President and General Manager Gino Johnson will discuss their recently published 2011 U.S. Health Information Exchange (HIE) Study on Thursday, February 2 from 2:30PM-3:30PM ET.
  • Update on Direct Trust: Dr. David Kibbe will provide an overview of DirectTrust.org and the conceptual framework that guides the effort to help assure privacy, security, and trust related to Direct exchange, part of the Nationwide Health Information Network, on Wednesday, February 15 from 1:00PM-2:00PM ET.
  • Spotlight Learning Series: Consumer Engagement in Health IT: This series will feature a series of case studies and discussions on the benefits of engaging consumers. Presenters will highlight success stories and examine key opportunities and challenges to using health IT to empower patients to become more engaged in their own healthcare and to strengthen patient-provider communication.
  • Spotlight Learning Series: Beacon Communities: The ONC Beacon Community grant program is providing funding for 17 communities that are leading the way in developing secure, private, and effective EHR and HIE systems. This series will provide in-depth case studies of the Beacon Community grantees’ projects as they work to further build and strengthen their health IT infrastructure and exchange capabilities, leading to measurable improvements in quality and care coordination, and slowing the growth of healthcare costs.
  • Trends in HIT Innovation: As the industry evolves to meet the needs of patients and providers, companies and organizations are developing innovative programs and tools to increase patient care through better and more effective uses and exchange of health data. Last semester, HHS Chief Technology Officer Todd Park kicked off a series designed to showcase examples of cutting-edge HIT innovation. The next program will welcome Health Indicators Warehouse and Network of Care for Healthy Communities on Monday, February 13 from 1:00PM-2:30PM ET.
  • Payer HIT Trends: This class will examine the key challenges and opportunities payers are facing in the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how they are responding to these market drivers. This course will take place on Thursday, March 1 from 1:00PM-2:00PM ET and will feature Gary Austin, Principal and Co-Founder of TranzformHealth.
  • ONC Initiatives: NeHC will continue its series highlighting ONC’s HIT initiatives, including updates on the work of the HIT Policy and Standards Committees and the progress of the Standards and Interoperability Framework. Additionally, NeHC will welcome federal representatives for several discussions on upcoming HHS regulations regarding Meaningful Use Stage 2, Standards and Certification, and Nationwide Health Information Network Governance.  These programs help busy health IT professionals efficiently keep up with ONC’s many activities that are directly relevant to their organizations.

The NeHC University schedule will be updated periodically. To receive regular updates on NeHC University, go to http://www.nationalehealth.org/newsletter_subscribe.

Recorded webinars, transcripts, and presentations from NeHC’s past education programs are available in the NeHC University archive.

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, its support of the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange, its collaborative online community and its ongoing study of leading health information exchanges.

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 NeHC University

National eHealth Collaborative’s NeHC University is a web-based education program designed to provide stakeholders with timely and relevant information on health information technology and health information exchange in the United States. By offering introductory programs focused on providing an orientation to health IT, as well as deep dives into specific health IT topics, NeHC University provides unique opportunities for interested stakeholders to learn about multiple health IT initiatives, programs, and trends all in one place.

 

February 3, 2012 I Written By

Electronic Health Record Association Supports ONC’s Initiative to Engage Consumers in their Health via Health IT

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 42 EHR supplier companies, announced its support this week of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) event, kicking off an important federal initiative to educate and engage consumers in managing their health using health IT, “Putting the ‘I’ in ‘IT’”.
“Working with our customers to support patient outreach programs, EHR suppliers have been innovators in direct consumer engagement via health IT. Patient and consumer empowerment through education will go a long way in making the consumer a partner in, not just a recipient of, their health care,” said Charles (Charlie) Jarvis, Vice President of Healthcare Services and Government Relations for NextGen Healthcare Information Systems and the Vice Chairman of the EHR Association.   “And based on the evidence we’ve seen that these programs are effective – improved outcomes for diabetics who can better manage their disease based on trends in their blood sugar levels, early detection of preventable and treatable diseases, and improved compliance in self-management of chronic conditions – we, of course, want to be part of the ONC program.” Jarvis concluded.
Joining consumer groups in supporting the program, including AARP, the Consumers’ Union, and National eHealth Collaborative, the Association is among many technology suppliers who have pledged to take specific actions to encourage consumer participation in healthcare delivery through the development of appropriate tools that meet the needs of patients and their families.  Provider organizations, professional societies, and payers are also at the table in support of the ONC Consumer Health Initiative which was announced at an event in Washington, DC on September 12.
“Our work to engage consumers through technology has made an important difference in both patient experience and clinical outcomes,”   said Carl Dvorak, Executive Vice President of Epic Systems, and Association Chairman.  “We are pleased that HHS Secretary Sebelius has recognized the value that engaged consumers can make in helping dramatically improve the value of healthcare delivery for the entire country.  We pledge to continue our innovative work in this field, and look forward to helping educate the public through shared success stories from those who have blazed new trails in this important area,” Dvorak added
All the participating organizations in Monday’s event committed to participate in future meetings to monitor the progress toward ONC’s objectives to extend health IT beyond provider environments into consumers’ homes, actively engage those consumers in their care delivery through education and information, and ensure that the federal government investment in health IT delivers value to all Americans.
About the HIMSS EHR Association
The EHR Association is a trade association of 42 electronic health record (EHR) companies that join together to lead the health IT industry in the accelerated adoption of electronic health records in hospital and ambulatory care settings in the US.  The Association provides a leadership forum for the EHR software provider community to speak with a unified voice relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues as they become subject to increasing government, insurance and provider-driven initiatives and requests.  Membership is open to HIMSS Corporate Members companies that design, develop and market their own EHRs.  The Association is a partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and operates as an independent organizational unit within HIMSS.  For more information, visit http://www.himssEHRA.org.
September 23, 2011 I Written By

NHIN University is Now NeHC University!

National eHealth Collaborative dramatically expands education program

WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2011) – *Social Media News Release* – National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today unveiled NeHC University, a revamping and substantial expansion of its NHIN University program. NeHC University will move beyond the Nationwide Health Information Network, allowing stakeholders to explore the broader health IT (HIT) landscape and gain a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of HIT in transforming the American healthcare system.

“NeHC University classes will now range from introductory programs to in-depth programs and interactive briefings. We hope NeHC University will be a great forum for raising awareness of innovations and success stories in HIT,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry.

NeHC University will offer:

  • HIT Orientation: NeHC presents an introduction to the HITECH Act, initiatives sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and a high-level view of the current HIT landscape in the U.S. This quarterly class is designed for stakeholders who are new to the HIT field, new to NeHC University, or just need a refresher on some of the HIT basics.

·       HIT Trends: NeHC will be joined by HIT expert and trends tracker Michael Lake to deliver a quarterly briefing on innovations, new developments, and trends in HIT. From discussions of major business and policy developments to updates on health information exchanges and HIT initiatives and how they are transforming healthcare financing and delivery, HIT Trends provides stakeholders with the opportunity to stay on the cutting-edge of the evolving health IT ecosystem.

·       HIT Policy and Standards Committees Quarterly Updates: NeHC will host a quarterly presentation by ONC staff to provide an update on the activities of the Federal Advisory Committees and workgroups. Classes will also serve to provide deep dives into particular topics of interest or aspects of the regulatory process. This class will encourage audience Q&A and actively solicit participant feedback.

·       Spotlight Learning Series: Each quarter, NeHC will offer two different three-class series designed to provide stakeholders with an in-depth examination of specific initiatives or issues in HIT. Each series will kick off with an introduction to the spotlight topic followed by more detailed discussions.

The opening Spotlight Learning Series will explore the vision for a Learning Health System, beginning with an overview of the vision and continuing to detailed discussions of the policy and technology frameworks necessary to bring a participatory rapid learning system to fruition.

The other Spotlight Learning Series this quarter will provide a comprehensive discussion on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), including an overview of the Affordable Care Act, an investigation of ACO core competencies and potential pitfalls, and a discussion about models for ACO implementation, pilot ACO lessons learned, and the future ACO environment.

·       Industry Leader Briefings: NeHC will host bi-monthly interactive discussions with leading HIT experts on hot topics and timely issues. These hour-long lunchtime seminars will feature high level discussions on key initiatives and offer stakeholders the opportunity to dialogue directly with some of the foremost thought leaders in HIT and health information exchange.

·       Guest Lectures: NeHC University will also offer special one-time programs on timely and relevant issues in health IT. Guest lectures will feature topics ranging from special industry announcements to discussions of recent policy or regulatory recommendations and decisions.

·       NHIN University: National eHealth Collaborative’s popular NHIN University, an ongoing webinar series focused on the Nationwide Health Information Network, will continue to be a premiere feature of NeHC’s education efforts. The NHIN University 300 series will continue as scheduled as part of the new NeHC University programming.

NeHC has recruited a number of renowned HIT thought leaders to serve on an Advisory Council for NeHC University. The Advisory Council will assist NeHC in identifying topics, and will serve as and help to engage faculty. “The expansion of NeHC’s education program is a welcome and exciting announcement given the rapidly evolving world of HIT,” stated Advisory Council member Adam Clark, Ph.D., a member of the ONC Health IT Policy Committee and Director of Scientific and Federal Affairs at FasterCures. “Education is a critical part of accelerating the adoption and implementation of health IT. The Advisory Council is proud to work with NeHC on this program and looks forward to assisting in the development of new classes.”

In order to support the continued expansion and production of high-quality education programs, some NeHC University classes will be offered for a nominal fee. Government employees and ONC grantees should contact NeHC at university@nationalehealth.org for special rates.

NeHC invites stakeholders to check out some of the new NeHC University offerings free of charge, including the first HIT Orientation: Welcome to NeHC University and the first Spotlight Learning Series – Spotlight on the Learning Health System.

For a full class schedule, detailed descriptions of upcoming classes, and information on how to register, please visit the NeHC University website at www.nationalehealth.org/NeHCUniversity.aspx.

About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that enables secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to advance health and improve health care.  Working in conjunction with its partners, NeHC engages stakeholders in a collaborative and consensus-driven way to realize common goals that lead to transformative change.  NeHC reaches broadly into all sectors of healthcare and health IT, employs open and inclusive methods, and makes its outcomes broadly available for continued improvement.  This philosophy and approach allows NeHC to offer a uniquely balanced perspective that leverages diverse points of view and provides the essential public-private platform for collaboratively pursuing solutions to universal trusted and effective health information exchange. NeHC is a cooperative agreement partner of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

About NeHC University

National eHealth Collaborative’s NeHC University is a web-based education program designed to provide stakeholders with timely and relevant information on health information technology and health information exchange in the United States. By offering introductory programs focused on providing an orientation to health IT, as well as deep dives into specific health IT topics, NeHC University provides unique opportunities for interested stakeholders to learn about multiple health IT initiatives, programs, and trends all in one place.

May 11, 2011 I Written By