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Our Mission & Vision

  • Our Mission and Vision

EHEALTH INITIATIVE & FOUNDATION FOR EHEALTH INITIATIVE

MISSION - VISION 

 

Mission

eHealth Initiative Foundation (eHI) is a catalyst for healthcare transformation, convening diverse leaders from across the industry to unlock opportunities for collaborative innovation. eHI, along  with its coalition of members, focuses on education,  thought leadership, and advocacy.

We believe that innovation and diverse perspectives power the transformation of healthcare. Our members are working toward consumer-centered health that is lower cost, higher quality, and more accessible for all populations.

Our Shared Vision

The healthcare landscape has evolved rapidly over the past few years.  With the evolution of technology, the method and manner of how healthcare is delivered has changed.  eHI members share a unique vision to transform care delivery with patient-centric care. Participants are working towards a more cohesive vision of health and healthcare that:

  • Reflects a coordinated and collaborative approach;
  • Includes timely and relevant patient-focused information and health IT tools available to all;
  • Supports high quality and efficient patient care through the use of interoperable health IT and secure data exchange between and across all relevant stakeholders.

Our work is focused on these areas: Privacy, Analytics/SDOH, Virtual Care & COVID-19.  Working with our members in these key areas, we can positively impact healthcare by improving quality and reducing costs. No special interest group or single stakeholder can make an impact alone. Therefore, it is critical that leaders from all sectors of healthcare band together.

 

ABOUT US

eHealth Initiative (eHI), founded in 2001, is a diverse community of leaders representing every sector of healthcare. eHI convenes the Leadership Council, a neutral, bi-partisan forum where executives from every healthcare sector serve as a network of allies around shared goals and initiatives. Over the years eHI’s education, thought leadership and advocacy initiatives have helped transform the healthcare system through the adoption of electronic health records and eprescribing; growth of health information exchange and data analytics; elevating privacy and security concerns; technology to engage consumers and support chronic conditions; and much more.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Decisions that executives make are far-reaching and complex. The need for alignment on critical issues is paramount. eHealth Initiative brings the top executives in healthcare together through its prestigious Leadership Council. Leaders in the eHI community know what their industry peers are thinking, while simultaneously building alignment with other stakeholder counterparts around big issues. The group puts forward recommendations to help move both the public and private sector

eHealth Initiative & Foundation activities are centered around the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council is exclusively designed for high level executives interested in discussing strategic issues with a variety of stakeholder executives. Leadership Council participants:

  • determine the strategy, tactics and priorities for initiatives launched by eHI
  • gain exclusive access to quarterly, private dinners with leading policymakers, technology and health executives
  • receive priority invitations to speak and present at webinars, executive roundtables, Capitol Hill
  • briefings, summits, and other events
  • share company successes through interviews, reports, briefs and surveys
  • develop a customized package with that allows you the opportunity to highlight your organization’s best practices and thought leadership through initiatives that are important to you.

This exclusive group meets quarterly for a highly interactive meeting. Quarterly meetings are hosted by the top healthcare companies in the country: Mayo Clinic, Cerner, 3M, United Healthcare, Salesforce, and many more. From these meetings, the development of best practices across a wide range of policy and health issues is captured. Meeting agendas are set to enhance peer learning to ensure executive alignment.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR HISTORY

Since 2001, eHealth Initiative (eHI) and the Foundation have “pushed the envelope” with healthcare executives across the nation, leading groundbreaking research and advocacy efforts. eHealth Initiative's mission is to serve as the industry leader convening executives from multi-stakeholder groups to identify best practices to transform healthcare through use of technology and innovation. eHI conducts, research, education and advocacy activities to support the transformation of healthcare. Our record speaks for itself. Some of our key initiatives are outlined below.

  • From 2001-2003, eHI worked with the Markle Foundation on the Connecting for Health Initiative, helping to convene dozens of experts on interoperability issues.
  • From 2003-2004, eHI led a national initiative on ePrescribing, and released a groundbreaking report, which helped contribute to the rapid adoption the technology by the private sector and policymakers.
  • Since 2004, eHI has released an Annual Report on Health Information Exchange or Data Exchange that assesses the state of the field. In 2005, eHI identified the seven stages of development HIEs follow.  This seven-stage framework has been widely embraced in analyses of health information exchange for over a decade. 
  • In 2005, eHI launched Connecting Communities, a rapidly growing coalition of leaders representing more than 250 state, regional, and community-based initiatives, focused on improving healthcare through health information exchange.
  • In 2007, the eHealth Initiative Blueprint: Building Consensus for Common Action was released.  The Blueprint represented multi-stakeholder consensus on a shared vision and a set of principles, strategies and actions for improving health and healthcare through information and information technology (IT).  This type of work generated buy-in among the diverse stakeholder groups, and even subsequently resulted in a multi-stakeholder consensus legislation project that informed HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA stimulus act) of 2009.
  • Similar to previous landmark initiatives, the National Progress Report on eHealth (2010), represented multi-stakeholder consensus on a shared vision and a set of principles, strategies, and actions for improving health and healthcare through information and information technology across five key areas: engaging consumers; transforming care delivery; improving population health; aligning financial and other incentives; and managing privacy, security, and confidentiality.  
  • From 2011-2014, eHealth Initiative led national workgroups and produced a series of several groundbreaking reports on the use of social media, mobile health tools and other innovations to support Chronic Care.
  • Beginning in 2011, eHI started surveying and analyzing accountable care organizations (ACOs), data analytics and population health efforts, releasing annual reports and surveys on the state of the field.
  • In 2013, the Executive Advisory Board on Privacy and Security was formed. It provides a forum for over 40 Chief Privacy Officers and Chief Security Information Officers from payer, provider and pharmaceutical organizations to gather quarterly and discuss key concerns with policymakers.
  • In 2014, eHealth Initiative spearheaded the 2020 Roadmap, a 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. The 2020 Roadmap process engaged over 200 executives from key organizations across the spectrum of healthcare as well as the leadership in the Department of Health and Human Services. The priorities outlined in the 2020 Roadmap provide a framework for much of our current work.
  • In 2015, launched the Innovation Challenge and Summit, gathering submissions and comments from over 2,000 entrepreneurs and executives, matching entrepreneurs with established payer, providers and vendors in search of new products and strategies.
  • In 2016 and 2017, eHI began interviewing provider executives and assessing the state of the field for genomics and precision medicine.
  • In 2017, eHI is launching the Electronic Medication Adherence Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder initiative evaluating innovative solutions to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
  • In 2018, eHI launched an initiative to develop principles for the appropriate use of social determinants of health (SDOH). Over 18 months a diverse group met to discuss z-codes, interoperability and ethics. In 2019, a multi-stakeholder group released the “Ethical Principles for the Appropriate Use of SDOH”.
  • In 2019, eHI and Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) secured a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a consumer framework for health data. A multi-stakeholder steering committee was formed with dozens of executives from the technology, health and consumer industries. The final Framework was released in January 2021.
  • In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic struck and eHI began educational initiatives to support best practices during COVID-19. Several reports related to SDOH & COVID-19, privacy, and policy recommendations were released throughout the year.