eHealth Initiative (eHI) is pleased to announce the launch of the eHealth Initiative 2020 Roadmap, a public-private collaborative, creating a shared vision of the strategies, policies, and actions that are required to fully transform our healthcare system by the year 2020. In collaboration with a wide array of leading healthcare associations, organizations, and federal agencies, 2020 Roadmap will propose key policy recommendations to implement at a federal level and actions for the private sector to spearhead.
About the Roadmap
What is the Primary Goal of the 2020 Roadmap?
The primary objective of the 2020 Roadmap is to craft a multi-stakeholder solution to enable coordinated efforts by public and private sector organizations to transform care delivery through data exchange and health information technology (IT). 2020 Roadmap will focus on recommendations that :
- Identify an effective and achievable glide path for current policies and programs;
- Promote interoperable systems; and
- Define the use and access of data.
Why Do We Need a 2020 Roadmap?
Over the last five years, the collective efforts of many stakeholders have improved healthcare through the meaningful use of technology and data. Since the passage of the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act several years ago, a tremendous amount of money, time, and resources has been invested into optimizing the healthcare system in the U.S. However, many stakeholder groups are questioning the direction in which the public and private sectors are currently heading and raising concerns about slow pace of improving the quality of care and achieving cost reductions. As we look ahead to the next five years, it is critical to reexamine recent policy, innovation, and technology efforts, and identify the best path forward towards health system delivery transformation.
Why is eHealth Initiative Leading This Effort?
As the only independent non-profit, multi-stakeholder coalition dedicated to how health information technology can improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare, eHealth Initiative is in a unique position to spearhead this effort. The 2020 Roadmap is multi-stakeholder collaborative intended to support current leadership efforts, including those involving the Administration, Congress, and private sector organizations engaged in health IT and healthcare. eHealth Initiative represents all of the sectors in healthcare. Similar to previous landmark initiatives, the Blueprint: Building Consensus for Common Action (2007) and National Progress Report on eHealth (2010), eHealth Initiative will develop a shared vision and set of principles, strategies, and actions for improving healthcare through information and technology in today’s economic and political climate.
Who Will Create the 2020 Roadmap?
Over the coming months, eHealth Initiative will work with a wide array of leading associations, organizations, and key federal agencies. National experts will convene from government organizations such as the FDA, CMS, and ONC, as well as associations such as American Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Public Health Association, Health Level Seven, American Cancer Society, Medical Group Management Association, American College of Physicians, National Partnership for Women & Families, and many other groups. Working together the group will develop key recommendations that will be released in the fall of 2014. Executives and decision-makers who can directly impact the market are invited to participate. eHealth Initiative members will lead many of the activities associated with 2020 Roadmap, but many activities such as surveys, events and roundtables will be open to the public. eHealth Initiative is seeking as much feedback as possible. If your organization is interested in participating in the roadmap, please click here.
How Will Recommendations Be Developed for the 2020 Roadmap?
Recommendations will be developed for each of the 4 issue areas above through a multi-stakeholder consensus process to:
- Identify Key Challenges to Solve
A multi-stakeholder taskforce will be convened to define the scope and range of key issues that will be addressed by the 2020 Roadmap framework. Each taskforce will be co-chaired by at least one member of the Roadmap Executive Board and a partner organization.
- Gather Feedback from the Field
Public and private sector organizations will be surveyed by eHealth Initiative and partner organizations to take a pulse of the current landscape and state of progress. National surveys will also provide a vehicle to gauge support of proposed recommendations by the taskforce and request additional feedback.
- Propose Solutions
Experts from across the country will be invited to participate in executive roundtables and identify policy- and market-driven solutions through deep-dive discussions. Solutions will be revised and expanded upon by the taskforce and Roadmap Executive Board.
- Revise Recommendations
Outputs from each of the above activities will be synthesized by eHealth Initiative and shared with all participating organizations. eHealth Initiative will develop a final report for release in the winter of 2014/2015.
When and How Can I Get Involved?
eHealth Initiative is launching the 2020 Roadmap, a public-private collaborative that includes a series of surveys, webinars, executive roundtables, and events to convene key constituencies, create consensus and help shape the future. Individuals are welcome to complete surveys, participate in upcoming events, and provide general feedback.
We want to hear from you, please take this brief survey today and let us know what you think about the landscape of health IT.
For more information about the 2020 Roadmap, contact Jon Dimsdale (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When Will the Roadmap Be Completed?
The first iteration of the 2020 Roadmap will be released on September 4 in Washington, DC. The meeting will convene experts from over 200 organizations to discuss gaps and barriers to progress, guiding principles and practical strategies for policymakers and industry leaders. Following the draft publication of its report, 2020 Roadmap will be furthered supported by ongoing activities such as briefings, publication of op-eds and commentaries in trade publications, and events, that will continue the conversation around recommended steps for the U.S. to take on the path to true delivery system transformation through technology.