National Partnership for Women & Families

Digital Health

Health information technology (health IT) can transform relationships between consumers and their health care providers into partnerships that help patients and families take a more active role in managing care and improving health. Digital health tools enable patients and family caregivers to access and use their health information and communicate electronically with their care providers. That’s why the National Partnership advocates for full integration of patient-centered digital health as we transform our health system.

PATIENT, FAMILY AND CONSUMER PRIORITIES

The National Partnership has identified strategic priorities for using health IT to support better health and health care for patients, families and communities, including consumer access to and use of digital health information. These priorities guide our work to advance digital health policy and technology.
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SHAPING POLICY

A number of federal policies, including the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and now the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), advance the use of digital health information in our 21st century health care system. The National Partnership is a widely recognized voice for consumers and has consistently provided the leadership, strategy and recommendations for how digital health should be integrated in new laws and policies and used to facilitate patient-centered health care.
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CONSUMER PARTNERSHIP FOR eHEALTH

The National Partnership leads a unique coalition of more than 50 leading consumer and patient organizations (representing more than 127 million Americans) that works to advance health IT and health information exchange in ways that measurably improve the lives of individuals and their families.
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GETMYHEALTHDATA

The GetMyHealthData initiative helps consumers request and use their electronic health data and supports health care providers working to redesign information-sharing processes with and for patients and families.
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