eHealth Initiative Launches Health Industry 2020 Roadmap Project

The eHealth Initiative announced plans to create a 2020 Roadmap that will examine the transformation of the health care industry in recent years and propose recommendations for continued innovation, Clinical Innovation and Technology reports (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation and Technology, 3/26).

Project Details

The project aims to examine how the health care industry has changed since the passage of the HITECH Act, which bolstered health IT and spurred health information exchange, and the Affordable Care Act, which altered payment and delivery models, according to eHI Director of Programs and Research Jon Dimsdale (Goedert, Health Data Management, 3/26).  

Over the next six months, researchers will connect and discuss the transformation with key industry stakeholders through:

  • Events;
  • Executive roundtables;
  • Surveys; and
  • Webinars.

The completed roadmap will suggest key policy recommendations for federal and private-sector actions that could help overcome barriers and further transform the health care industry (Clinical Innovation and Technology, 3/26).

The recommendations will focus on four areas:

  • Balancing innovation and privacy;
  • Promoting interoperability;
  • Transforming care delivery; and
  • Identifying a sustainable strategy for the meaningful use program.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

The group hopes to complete the roadmap by September and currently is seeking volunteers to help with the effort (Health Data Management, 3/26).

Early participants include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline's Joseph Touey, representing pharmaceutical manufacturers;
  • The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative's Micky Tripathi, representing HIEs;
  • The Mayo Clinic's Christopher Ross, representing providers;
  • The Medical Group Management Association's Susan Turney, representing clinicians;
  • Siemens' John Glaser, representing health IT vendors; and
  • UnitedHealthcare's Sam Ho, representing insurers (eHealth Initiative release, 3/26).
Source: iHealthBeat, Thursday, March 27, 2014

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