Health IT Now is a broad based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers that supports incentives to deploy heath information technology to improve quality, outcomes, and patient safety and to lower costs.
Our members believe health IT will benefit patients while supporting health care providers to make smart decisions about their patient’s care, all while lowering administrative and clinical costs through care coordination, administrative simplification, duplicate test reduction and enhanced clinical decision support.
We support the adoption and use of health IT through several solutions-oriented campaigns that include policy development, media and public affairs, legislative and regulatory advocacy and grass roots/grass tops efforts.
Health IT Now Priorities
Promote Interoperability Standards to Lower Costs and Improve Health
- Establish workable interoperability standards across providers and within facilities
- End information blocking
Create a more robust Meaningful Use program
- Promote standards that catalyze lower costs and improved outcomes through payment and delivery reforms like ACOs, medical homes and medication adherence programs
- Promote standards that improve clinician workflows
- Expand legislative incentives for adoption and use of health IT
Create a Regulatory Framework for Innovation
- Establish a regulatory environment that promotes innovation while improving patient safety Improve Access to Care and Lower Costs Through Telemedicine
Establish a framework for medical licensing across state boundries Expand access to clinical research through Health IT
- Promote the use of EHRs to recruit and retain patients in clinical trials while lowering the cost of patient centered research
Health IT Now Develops Policy around issue areas that advance our priorities. This includes research and analysis, creative policy solutions, legislative drafting and surveys, White Papers, intellectual capital and other collateral material such as talking points, legislative and regulatory letters, and case studies.
Health IT Now Advocates through aggressive campaigns to influence decision makers in Congress and the Administration, including short and long term efforts that include:
- Advocacy meetings
- Capitol Hill briefings
- Third party outreach and coalition building efforts
- Communications strategy, including earned and paid media
- Traditional and new media advocacy
Our background and expertise makes us a trusted resource for Members of Congress and the Administration on a host of policy and political issues.
We will continue to advocate for legislative and regulatory changes that promote adoption and use of health IT to improve care and lower costs, including:
- Defending the Meaningful Use program against budget cuts
- Improving Meaningful Use through robust interoperability standards and workable provider requirements.
- Enhancing patient safety and de-risking EHR and HIE adoption and use through legal safe harbors for providers who identify technology problems and then work to fix them
- Elimination of barriers to interstate use of telemedicine
- Promoting access to capital to purchase and use health IT through Small Business Administration guaranteed financing
Health IT Now Educates stakeholders, Members of Congress and the Administration through briefings and presentations. We held 10 Capitol Hill briefings last year and gave dozens of presentations to national conferences on the benefits of health IT adoption and use. These forums give voice to the millions of consumers and patients our member organizations represent to deliver a powerful message to policy makers: health IT can significantly improve care in America.
We will continue a formidable education agenda in 2012 and beyond to further encourage incentives for adoption and use of technology, workable standards for data exchange and care improvement, a common sense regulatory framework that promotes innovation, enhanced use of telemedicine, and leveraged technology applications for fraud and abuse prevention.
If you are interested in learning more or in joining our efforts to improve quality, lower costs and enhance patient outcomes, please go to HITN’s web site or contact HITN Executive Director Joel White. [email protected]