eHealth Initiative 2020 Roadmap


About the 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 (health IT). The 2020 Roadmap focuses on the following areas:

  • Interoperability
  • Clinical Motivators and Incentives
  • Data Access and Use

Purpose of 2020 Roadmap

During eHealth Initiative’s first decade, the collective efforts of many stakeholders have improved healthcare through increased use of technology and data. Since the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 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 the 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.

eHealth Initiative Leadership of 2020 Roadmap

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 underway within 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, including 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 complex economic and political climate.

To date, 2020 Roadmap workgroups have been chaired by Sam Ho, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, United Healthcare, Chair of eHealth Initiative Board of Directors; John Glaser, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Health Services, Siemens; Daniel Garrett, Principal & HIT Practice Leader, PwC; Richard Ratliff, Global Managing Director, Connected Health IT Solutions, Accenture; Christopher Ross, Chief Information Officer, Mayo Clinic; and Micky Tripathi, PhD, President & CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Chair of HITPC Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup; and many other prominent figures.

Who Develops Recommendations and Priorities?

Initial 2020 Roadmap recommendations were developed through a series of ongoing eHealth Initiative webinars, executive roundtables and events with key constituencies. On September 4, 2014, eHealth Initiative convened 150 executives from across the healthcare ecosystem for three executive roundtables. Esteemed leaders from both the public and private sectors were in attendance. A complete list of participants is included at the end of this document.

Over the coming months, eHealth Initiative will continue to work with a wide array of industry thought leaders, organizations and key federal agencies. eHealth Initiative will convene national experts from government organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as well as key associations, patient advocacy leaders and many other groups. Executives and decision-makers who directly impact the market are invited to participate. eHealth Initiative members will take a leadership role in developing the 2020 Roadmap, while information gathering opportunities 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 Does this Effort Relate to the Federal Government’s Interoperability Roadmap?

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in the process of developing a 10-year interoperability roadmap with direction for federal agencies. It is due to be released for public comment in January 2015 after vetting from the Health IT Policy and Standards committees. eHealth Initiative is developing a much broader plan that addresses business and clinical motivators, interoperability and data access and use and delves deep into needed private sector transformation. The 2020 Roadmap will include recommendations for healthcare providers, payers and the private sector. eHealth Initiative and ONC are working closely together to ensure the work of both organizations is complementary. There is overlap in thought leadership between the two efforts to ensure they are synchronized. In 2015, eHealth Initiative and ONC will come together and identify effective ways to marry components of the two efforts.

What is in this Document?

This document includes the first set of priorities and recommendations for the three focus areas: business and clinical motivators; interoperability; and data access and use. The priorities were developed by executives who contributed feedback through executive roundtables, webinars and written comments. Discussion around each focus area was led by an expert representative from among the eHealth Initiative membership. Differences in the way priorities are displayed below reflect the different approaches each leader took to their particular focus area. Each focus area also includes a set of short-term goals for collaborative action. As expected, consensus was not reached in many areas and further work is needed. In 2015, eHealth Initiative will launch a series of “Consensus Groups” to dive deeper into these complex areas. The objectives of these groups are noted within each section.

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