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430 Organizations Urge Congress to Address ‘Telehealth Cliff’ - Letter to Congress

Letter to Congressional Leaders Highlights Telehealth Priorities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Pugh

Washington, DC – July 26, 2021 – Today, 430 organizations sent a letter to Congress to urge policymakers to address the “telehealth cliff.” The letter was co-led by the Alliance for Connected Care, American Telemedicine Association, Consumer Technology Association, eHealth Initiative, HIMSS, Health Innovation Alliance, Partnership to Advance Virtual Care, and PCHAlliance.

If Congress does not act before the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), Medicare beneficiaries will lose access to virtual care options which have become a lifeline to many. The letter calls for Congress to advance permanent telehealth reform focused...Read more

eHealth Initiative Releases Report: Maturing Virtual Care in Tribal Communities

Washington, DC – June 8, 2021 - Today, Philips Healthcare and the eHealth Initiative and Foundation (eHI) released a report entitled Maturing Virtual Care in Tribal Communities. The report contains insights from an Executive Roundtable panel comprised of experts from the Indian Health Service (IHS), Lummi Tribal Health Center, Chinle Service Unit, and Philips Healthcare, and outlines the ongoing challenges of delivering telehealth in tribal communities.

The report addresses the digital health challenges faced by tribal communities, including existing data gaps, funding sources, and the digital divide. Although some 60-70 percent of health care services in tribal communities are telehealth visits, significant connectivity challenges exist in rural areas due to poor infrastructure...Read more

Press Release: CDT and eHI Release Proposed Consumer Privacy Framework for Unprotected Health Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Elizabeth Seeger at press@cdt.org  / Alice Leiter at alice@ehidc.org

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI), with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are releasing a proposed Consumer Privacy Framework for Health Data. The Framework responds to increasing concerns about the use of underprotected health data in the absence of federal privacy legislation, an issue magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Much of the information consumers provide through health, retail, genomics, GPS apps and online is not protected. While federal regulation is urgently...Read more

eHealth Initiative Welcomes Micky Tripathi as National Coordinator for Health IT

eHealth Initiative Welcomes Micky Tripathi as National Coordinator for Health IT

eHI Member & Past Board Chair Assumes National Health IT Position

 

Washington, DC – January 21, 2021 – The eHealth Initiative (eHI) issued the following statement on the naming of Micky Tripathi, PhD, MPP, as the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology:

“eHI congratulates Micky Tripathi on his selection as President Biden’s National Coordinator for Health IT,” said Jen Covich Bordenick, Chief Executive Officer of eHI. “He has been in the trenches and truly understands the challenges with interoperability, value of sharing health data, and complexity of the health care system. Organizations are dealing with COVID-19, health...Read more

eHealth Initiative Congratulates President Biden and Vice President Harris

eHealth Initiative Congratulates President Biden and Vice President Harris

New Administration Faces Unprecedented Health Care Challenges

 

Washington, DC – January 20, 2021 – Today, the eHealth Initiative (eHI) issued the following statement on the swearing in of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris:

“eHI congratulates President Biden and Vice President Harris and looks forward to working with the new Biden-Harris Administration as it faces the most difficult health care challenge our country has met this century,” said Jen Covich Bordenick, Chief Executive Officer of eHI. “COVID-19 and its effects continue to ravage our communities, the delivery of care, and our economy at an alarming rate....Read more

Press Release: eHI Announces New Board Members and Chair for 2021

eHealth Initiative & Foundation Announces New Board Members and Chairman for 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2020 - eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) announced today the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors, one each from UnitedHealthcare, Humana, and athenahealth. The Board also announced the election of Amy McDonough, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Fitbit Health Solutions, as the incoming Chair for the Board of Directors.

Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Head of Technology & Performance, UnitedHealthcare; Paul Brient, Chief Product Officer at athenahealth; and Mona Siddiqui, MD, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Quality, Enterprise Clinical Management at Humana, will...Read more

eHealth Initiative Releases Report Highlighting Ethical Uses of SDOH Data During COVID-19

eHealth Initiative Releases Report Highlighting Ethical Uses of SDOH Data During COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC – November 30, 2020 – Today, eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) released a report in partnership with the Health Care business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions entitled Assessing eHI’s Guiding Principles for Ethical Use of SDOH Data During COVID-19: Examples from the Field. The report describes the ways in which stakeholders collect and utilize social determinants of health (SDOH) data to create targeted interventions for vulnerable populations. 

In 2019, eHI released the Guiding Principles for Ethical Use of Social Determinants of Health Data, which proposed recommendations for the ethical use of SDOH data by...Read more

eHealth Initiative Releases Survey on ONC and CMS Final Rules

eHealth Initiative Releases Survey on ONC and CMS Final Rules
Survey Provides Insights on Industry Readiness to Comply with Regulations

 

Washington, DC – November 11, 2020 – Today, the eHealth Initiative (eHI) released the results of a survey on industry readiness to meet the requirements of the ONC Cures Act and CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rules by the applicability date. The survey provides insight into industry awareness of the regulation, impact of COVID-19 on implementation, and readiness to comply.

Key Findings of the Readiness Survey:

  • Payers, providers, and vendors each identified implementing and maintaining the Patient Access Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as a top area of concern
  • ...Read more

ADVISORY: eHealth Initiative to Release Survey on Healthcare Executives’ Readiness to Comply with ONC and CMS Final Rules

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Washington, DC – November 10, 2020 – Tomorrow eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) will share results from a recent survey of healthcare executives. The results provide insight into the healthcare sector’s awareness of the ONC 21st Century Cures and the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rules, impact of COVID-19 on implementation, and readiness to comply.

What: WEBINAR - eHealth Initiative to Release Survey on Healthcare Executives' Readiness to Comply with ONC and CMS Final Rules
When: November 11th, 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Virtual - Register Here

Speakers: 

  • Henry Archibong, Associate Vice President, Innovation Solutions, Inovalon
  • Fred Bentley, Managing Director, Policy, Avalere
  • Jen Covich Bordenick,
  • ...Read more

eHealth Initiative Announces New Board Members

 

eHealth Initiative Announces New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 21, 2020 - eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) announced today the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors, one each from Accenture, Amwell, Best Buy Health, CVS Health, and LexisNexis Risk Solutions. 

 

Kristin Ficery, Managing Director - North America Health Practice at Accenture; Roy Schoenberg, President and Co-CEO at Amwell; Sarah Jones, Vice President, Commercial Products at Best Buy Health; Adam Pellegrini, Senior Vice President, Virtual Care & Consumer Health at CVS Health; and Josh Schoeller, CEO, Healthcare at LexisNexis Risk Solutions will join the eHI Board of Directors.

 

“The unique insight these executives bring to the table...Read more