Late last year, IHIT launched the Indiana eHealth pledge. Twenty-five (25) organizations have joined the pledge to date. From the payer/governmental side, the organizations represent the largest commercial payer, Medicaid, the State Public Health Entity. From the healthcare side, the organizations represent 49 hospitals (41% of Indiana hospitals), large specialty physician groups, a regional reference laboratory, and the largest student health clinic. All five of the sub-state health information organizations have signed the pledge.
The pledge was launched in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinators eHealth pledge. These organizations are pledging to providing education and greater access to health information for the patients and consumers they serve. Providing patients and their care givers with timely, accurate health information will lead to improved engagement and quality outcomes. IHIT, in its role as the State HIE, is proud to push such an initiative and collaborate with the organizations working to improve health care.
Next steps for the pledge include development of marketing materials for the program and those that join. IHIT will be developing a voluntary recognition/rating program to identify organizations that excel in providing consumers with education and health information. If you are an organization interested in engagement of the health care consumer, join the Indiana Health pledge today.
More information on the ONC efforts can be found at: http://www.healthit.gov/
To join the Indiana pledge, download the pledge form at: Indinana eHealth Pledge