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Research Library: Health Information Technology (IT)

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Engaging Patients and Families: How Consumers Value and Use Health IT

Nearly every stakeholder recognizes that greater patient centeredness and patient engagement are essential to the “Triple Aim” of federal health reform: improving care, improving health and reducing cost.


Engaging Patients and Families: How Consumers Value and Use Health IT Audio Press Briefing

Presentation: Mark Savage, Director of Health IT Policy and Programs, National Partnership, Audio Press Briefing, December 10, 2014


Presentation: Engaging Patients and Families: How Consumers Value and Use Health IT

A growing number of consumers are embracing electronic health records (EHRs), and the significant boost in online access to health information is increasing patient engagement in their care. In the last year, more than four in five patients with online access to their health records (86 percent) used their online records at least once – and more than half (55 percent) used them three or more times a year. Those are among the findings from a study released by the National Partnership for Women & Families.


What Health IT Means For Women

On average, women use the health care system to a greater extent than men, and thus stand to benefit more from greater access to their own health information and electronic tools that help them manage their health and coordinate their care.


CPeH 2015 Edition Certification NPRM Comment Letter

Consumer Partnership for eHealth comment letter on ONC's proposed rule for the 2015 Edition Certification of EHRs


Five Years of HITECH: Progress and Opportunities

Five years after the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, health information technology is beginning to improve the health care experiences of patients and families.


Consumer Principles for Health and Care Planning in an Electronic Environment

Consumers envision the next generation of care plans as a multidimensional, person-centered planning process built on a dynamic, electronic platform. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth developed a set of Consumer Principles to guide policy efforts to build the functionality to support health and care planning into health IT.


Leveraging Meaningful Use to Reduce Health Disparities: An Action Plan

Health information technology offers great promise in addressing and reducing health disparities, yet there has been little actual progress on this critical issue. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth has created an evidence-based action plan for leveraging the EHR Incentive Program to reduce health disparities and make a positive life-altering impact for the nation’s underserved and vulnerable populations


Leveraging Meaningful Use to Reduce Health Disparities: An Action Plan

Health information technology offers great promise in addressing and reducing health disparities, yet there has been little actual progress on this critical issue. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth has created an evidence-based action plan for leveraging the EHR Incentive Program to reduce health disparities and make a positive life-altering impact for the nation’s underserved and vulnerable populations.


Senate Committee of Finance Statement for the Record - Health Information Technology: Using it to Improve Care

The National Partnership for Women & Families submits this written statement to share the perspectives of patients and consumers on using electronic health information exchange to improve their health and health care.


Consumers Respond to Senate White Paper

National Partnership’s Consumer Partnership for eHealth and Campaign for Better Care respond to a Senate white paper on the Meaningful Use Incentive Program. Citing the program’s accomplishments and benefits for patients, families and caregivers, consumers call for Meaningful Use to continue moving forward.


Blue Button: Health Data at Your Fingertips

Blue Button is an easy, secure way to download your health data. Already, several federal agencies and many private organizations are using it. For consumers, gaining access to the health information necessary for our health and health care, and the tools to make that information useful, are key benefits of health information technology (health IT).


Accelerating Health Information Exchange and Interoperability

We know that patients and families want their providers to talk to each other and share health information. As EHRs and other forms of health IT become more commonplace, it is equally important that these systems are able to communicate with each other — otherwise known as interoperability. This comment letter offers consumer input on the question of how best to advance interoperability and health information exchange in the health care system.


Top Ten Consumer Benefits of Health Information Technology

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (e.g. “Meaningful Use”) is an essential catalyst for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care. Patients and families have already begun to experience early benefits, which will grow exponentially in coming years.


National Partnership VP Christine Bechtel Testimony on Meaningful Use for Energy & Commerce Subcommittee

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Pallone and distinguished committee members... I am honored to be asked to speak with you today about how the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (commonly known as “Meaningful Use”) is not only catalyzing a fundamental change in the health care system, but is serving as a springboard for innovation.


Hearing: Health Information Technologies: How Innovation Benefits Patients

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee Statement for the Record, Christine Bechtel, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Member, Health IT Policy Committee. March 20, 2013.


Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan for Public Comment

Dear Dr. Mostashari: Thank you for your leadership in developing the Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, which makes several important recommendations to promote the use of health IT to make care safer, as well as continuously improve the safety of health IT itself. We firmly believe that electronic health records and other forms of health IT must be safe, and agree that this issue is most effectively viewed in the broader context of patient safety, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 2011 report Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.


Consumer Partnership for eHealth Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use EHR Program

CPeH appreciates the opportunity to provide input on Stage 3 advancements in the definition of meaningful use of health IT. In Stages 1 and 2, the Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program created foundational capabilities for delivering care differently and supporting payment models that incentivize the kind of health care individuals need and deserve. In Stage 3, we need to begin movement beyond the medical model to a more comprehensive, person- and family-centered model for supporting health and wellness.


Proposed Criteria for Stage 3 Meaningful Use (January 2013)

CPeH appreciates the opportunity to provide input on Stage 3 advancements in the definition of meaningful use of health IT.


Telemedicine: Improving Women’s Access to Health Care Through Innovation

Telemedicine is the delivery of any health care service or the transmission of health information using telecommunications technology. It includes videoconferencing, transmission of still images, patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, and more.


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