Significant Progress Made in eHealth Over Last 3 Years

July 1, 2010

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Significant progress has been made over the last three years in e-health as a result of public and private sector initiatives.

So says the eHealth Initiative’s “National Progress Report on eHealth“, which tracks the progress of eHealth in the wake of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The report? found that while the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was the key driver of progress, many providers are concerned about the lack of coordination across the government health and health information technology (HIT) initiatives and that more education and outreach to consumers about HIT and health information exchange (HIE) is required.

Findings from the survey included:

  • 61% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the statement that significant progress has been made in the successful adoption and use of HIT since 2007.
  • 54.9% value of HIE is not clearly understood by the majority of respondents.
  • 66.6% say believe outreach to consumers about the value of EHRs and HIE is not effective.
  • 66.1% believe Regional Extension Centers and the National Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) will be vital to educating providers.

About the report: The National Progress Report on eHealth includes a review of progress made over the last three years relative to strategies and actions proposed in a 2007 eHI report. Over one hundred individuals participated on committees charged with assessing progress in five focus areas: Aligning Incentives; Engaging Consumers; Improving Population Health; Managing Privacy, Security & Confidentiality; and, Transforming Care Delivery.

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