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Research Library: Health Information Technology (IT)

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Consumer Partnership for eHealth & Campaign for Better Care Comments on Stage 2 Meaningful Use EHR Proposed Rule

We greatly appreciate this opportunity to comment on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposed rule. From the consumer perspective, health IT can be a critical enabler of safer, more effective and more reliable care, as well as greater consumer engagement in health – and, ultimately, more positive patient experiences and better health outcomes. The proposed rule specifying criteria for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program makes significant advancements in the potential impact of the EHR Incentive program on individual and population-level health and health outcomes.


Health IT in the Affordable Care Act

Individual consumers are the ultimate payers of all health care - and health coverage - costs. Even workers in large businesses, whose employer contributes 100% of the insurance premium for the employee, understand that their wages are reduced to reflect the cost of health coverage offered through their employer.


Steps for Achieving Meaningful Consumer Engagement in Health IT Initiatives

Ensuring substantive and meaningful consumer participation in a health IT initiative can help facilitate adoption of patient-centered innovations, and ultimately, speed and enhance the adoption of health IT in a community.


Steps for Engaging Consumers

Ensuring substantive and meaningful consumer participation in a health IT initiative can help facilitate adoption of patient-centered innovations, and ultimately, speed and enhance the adoption of health IT in a community.


NEW: Survey Results and Meaningful Use Strategy Presentation

The effective implementation and use of health IT is absolutely essential for improving the quality and safety of health care.


Making IT Meaningful: Audio press briefing presentation slides


Making IT Meaningful: Audio Press Briefing


Executive Summary of National Partnership Survey "Making IT Meaningful: How Consumers Value and Trust Health IT"

The widespread adoption of health information technology (health IT) has become an urgent national priority. However, for the promise of health IT to be realized, consumers must both trust and value it.


Making IT Meaningful: How Consumers Value and Trust Health IT

As the nation progresses with the hard work of reforming the health care delivery system, the widespread adoption of health information technology (health IT) has become a national priority. A broad range of health care providers is working to implement and effectively use electronic health record (EHR) systems, which are essential to the success of new models of care currently being tested as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (ACA).


CPeH Comment Letter on CLIA Patient Record Access

CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy Rule; Patients’ Access to Test Reports


What Do Consumers Stand to Gain (or Lose) from Health IT?

There has never been a greater need for consumers and consumer advocates to become involved in making sure that health IT actually meets their specific needs, such as providing easier access to and communication with their care team members, more coordinated care, and better access to the information they need to be more engaged in their own health. Advancing health IT adoption has become a major focus of the federal government and state and local governments across the nation.


HIT Glossary and Acronym List

The following is a glossary of Health Information Technology (IT) acronyms and terms.


Privacy Survey Topline Results


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