Inaugural eHealth Initiative Awards Honor Leadership in Health Care Quality Through Health IT

Friday, October 12, 2007 General News
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 The eHealth Initiative (eHI) presentedits first annual Improving Healthcare Quality through Information andInformation Technology Awards honoring eight organizations at an October 10awards dinner for demonstrating leadership and excellence in utilizing healthinformation technology or health information exchange to drive improvements inthe quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare. The awards event kicked-offeHI's Fourth Annual Conference taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building andInternational Trade Center October 11-12.

"The awardees exemplify the principles and strategies identified in eHI'sBlueprint: Building Consensus for Common Action released yesterday," saidJanet Marchibroda, chief executive officer, eHealth Initiative. "The Blueprintreport findings represent consensus among the multiple stakeholders inhealthcare on a shared vision and actions for improving healthcare throughinformation technology. These organizations are models for how the use ofhealth IT and health information exchange can support improvements in thequality, safety and efficiency of health care."

Awards were presented to the following recipients in four key areas:

-- Engaging Consumers

CareEntrust (formerly Healthe Mid-America), an independent, not-for-profithealth information exchange organization based in the Kansas City regionreceived the eHI Blueprint Award for Engaging Consumers. The CareEntrustsystem actively engages consumers in their healthcare by providing consumersand their designated healthcare providers a secure view of their electronichealth record.

Healthwise, an organization that engages consumers over 100 million timesper year with its consumer health information through web sites, received theHonorable Mention Award for Engaging Consumers.

-- Aligning Financial and Other Incentives

Quality Health First(SM), a program of the Indiana Health InformationExchange and the Employers Forum of Indiana, received the eHI Blueprint Awardfor Aligning Financial and Other Incentives. The program, which utilizeselectronic clinical data from a health information exchange to support bothquality improvement and performance measurement activities, was developed toaddress the need for health and chronic disease management.

Mesa County Physicians IPA, an organization that helped found and fund thecollaborative Quality Health Network initiative and has incentive programs topromote physician adoption of HIT and HIE, received the Honorable MentionAward for Aligning Financial and Other Incentives.

-- Transforming Care Delivery at the Point of Care

The American Heart Association's "Get With The Guidelines"(SM) (GWTG)Program, one of the largest national hospital-based programs dedicated toquality-of-care improvement for patients hospitalized with cardiovasculardisease, received the eHI Blueprint Award for Transforming Care Delivery. GWTGis designed to help hospitals improve the quality of care they provide tocoronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke patients by aligningtreatment with the most current scientific guidelines. The program provideshospitals with a robust database and real-time benchmarking capabilities tosupport the goal of enhancing patient outcomes and saving lives.

Shared Health, a health information exchange organization that providesservices to approximately 1.8 million patients in Tennessee, received theHonorable Mention Award for Transforming Care Delivery. Shared Health createda hands-on Clinical Outreach Program designed to help physicians incorporatethe health information exchange into their existing workflow.

-- Improving Population Health

The Indiana Public Health Emergency Surveillance System (PHESS), a programof the Indiana State Department of Health, received the eHI Blueprint Awardfor Improving Population Health. PHESS is an outsta

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