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eHealth Initiative and Center for Democracy & Technology Launch Effort: “Building A Consumer Privacy Framework for Health Data”

eHealth Initiative and Center for Democracy & Technology Launch Effort: “Building A Consumer Privacy Framework for Health Data”

Washington, D.C. – February 12, 2020 – With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, eHealth Initiative (eHI) and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) are collaborating on Building a Consumer Privacy Framework for Health Data, designed to address the current gaps in legal protections for health data outside HIPAA’s coverage. Large amounts of data fall through these gaps, including from wellness apps, wearable devices, and informational online health sites.

A steering committee of experts and leaders representing healthcare, technology, advocacy groups and consumers has been formed to...Read more

eHealth Initiative and Booz Allen Hamilton Release Report Aimed at Securing Connected Medical Devices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 28, 2019 – eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) and Booz Allen Hamilton, released a joint report, “Securing Connected Medical Devices” to help industry stakeholders address the challenges associated with cyber security of connected medical devices. The medical device ecosystem is at a critical moment where strong leadership across industry, government, and the public is needed to prepare for a secure connected future. This document helps set the stage for the discussion.

“All connected medical devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks. When cybersecurity risks are not mitigated, clinical efficacy and patient safety are negatively impacted, and companies are left financially vulnerable,” said...Read more

eHI Releases Tools Promoting the Use of ICD-10-CM Z Codes for Social Determinants of Health Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 17, 2019 - eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) released a set of tools to help promote the use of ICD-10-CM Z codes to capture social determinants of health (SDOH) data. This collaborative project, consisting of industry leaders from payer organizations and other stakeholder groups, sought to develop a consistent and unified approach to promote the use of existing ICD-10-CM codes for SDOH and the adoption and utilization of proposed SDOH codes, once approved, among provider organizations and coding professionals.

“By integrating SDOH insights into care plans, healthcare stakeholders can recognize the need for, and enable access to, additional services or interventions for...Read more

New Members Elected to eHI's Board & Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2019 - eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) announced today the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors, one each from Google Cloud, Salesforce, and UChicago Medicine. A representative from Amazon Web Services, Inc. has been appointed to serve on the Leadership Council.

Joe Corkery, MD, Director of Product Management, Healthcare & Life Sciences at Google Cloud; Ashwini Zenooz, MD, Senior Vice President and General Manager Healthcare & Life Sciences at Salesforce; and Susan Murphy, RN, Chief Experience Officer at UChicago Medicine will join the eHI Board...Read more

eHI Releases Guiding Principles for Ethical Use of Social Determinants of Health Data

eHealth Initiative Foundation Releases Guiding Principles for the Ethical Use of Social Determinants of Health Data
Developed by Industry Collaborative

 

WASHINGTON – June 27, 2019 –eHealth Initiative (eHI) Foundation released Guiding Principles for the Ethical Use of Social Determinants of Health Data at a Capitol Hill event this morning. A cross-industry collaborative of healthcare stakeholders developed the principles to educate the industry and policymakers on the ethics of using social determinants of health (SDOH) data. As a result of several months of discussions and in-person meetings, the group released a document that outlines five principles, provides specific examples...Read more

New Report Reveals Growing Role HIEs Play in Integration of Claims and Clinical Data

Findings From eHealth Initiative Foundation’s Annual Survey Show Majority of HIEs Are Experiencing Increasing Payer Demand for Access to Clinical Data

 

WASHINGTON – May 16, 2019 – Today eHealth Initiative (eHI) Foundation released the results of its annual survey on the status of health information exchange. The report, 2019 Survey on HIE Technology Priorities, supported by Orion Health, uncovers a number of key trends such as the importance of value-based care in decision-making, the increasing demand for integration of clinical and claims data, and the growing participation of payers. Today’s 2:00 PM EST webinar discusses the results in detail.

The eHI survey collected responses from 53...Read more

NEW REPORT - The Importance of Social Determinants of Health Data

eHealth Initiative Foundation and LexisNexis Release Brief on The Importance of Social Determinants of Health Data

WASHINGTON  – March 27, 2019 – eHealth Initiative Foundation, in conjunction with the Health Care division of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, released The Importance of Social Determinants of Health Data (SDOH), a paper that examines different industry approaches to addressing SDOH. The report demonstrates how SDOH data is critical to reducing cost and improving the quality of care provided by today’s healthcare system.

“Experts have started to recognize that our environment—where we live, work and grow, greatly impact our quality of life and healthcare status,” says Jennifer Covich Bordenick, chief executive officer of eHealth Initiative Foundation....Read more

REPORT RELEASE - Risky Business? Sharing Data with Entities Not Covered by HIPAA

Washington, D.C. – March 18, 2019 – eHealth Initiative Foundation, in conjunction with Manatt Health, released an information brief, Risky Business? Sharing Data with Entities Not Covered by HIPAA. The brief examines the significant amount of health data being generated from apps and consumer devices that are ungoverned by HIPAA. As corporate entrants to the healthcare industry increase, confusion about the handling of health information by app developers abounds. The brief aims to clear up some of the confusion, offering tangible examples of what constitutes a covered and non-covered HIPAA entity and how to determine business associates in relation to HIPAA.

“Privacy and security in healthcare are at a critical juncture, with...Read more

Improving Prior Authorization - Project Release Webinar

eHealth Initiative Foundation Releases Considerations for Improving Prior Authorization in Healthcare
Result of Year-Long Effort Responding to Consumer & Healthcare Professionals’ Dissatisfaction

 

WASHINGTON – February 26, 2019 – Today eHealth Initiative (eHI) Foundation released “Considerations for Improving Prior Authorization in Healthcare,” the result of a year-long collaborative effort responding to the widespread challenges and dissatisfaction consumers and healthcare professionals have with prior authorization. Click here to download a copy of the Considerations to Improve Prior Authorization and here to register for the webinar.

“Prior authorization is one of the key reasons people get frustrated with their healthcare. The processes and policies are not always transparent. eHI put...Read more

2019 Elected Board Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 5, 2018 – The Board of Directors for the eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) announced the newly elected members of the Board of Directors for 2019. The 2019 Board of Directors will continue to be led by Susan Turney, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System.

“We are pleased to welcome this prestigious group of industry leaders to our Board. As we move into this era of value-based care it is important to have leadership that reflects the stakeholders that will drive the future of healthcare. The eHI Board reflects the importance of having multi-stakeholders working together to transform healthcare.” Susan Turney, MD, President and...Read more