Health IT Now Announces New Name & Major Plans for HIMSS19 at Congressional Briefing

HITN Executive Director Joel White speaks at today's "Health IT 101" briefing alongside Teladoc Health and Tourette Association of America

HITN Executive Director Joel White speaks at today's "Health IT 101" briefing alongside Teladoc Health and Tourette Association of America

Coalition to relaunch as "Health Innovation Alliance" with added members, a new logo, and an updated set of priorities, placing special emphasis on modernizing HIPAA, at HIMSS19

WASHINGTON, DC (January 22, 2019): Health IT Now - a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting the use of data and health information technology to improve healthcare - convened a Congressional briefing entitled "Health IT 101" where it announced plans to relaunch at HIMSS19 under the name Health Innovation Alliance, with an expanded membership list, new logo, and an updated set of priorities.

Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White outlined the coalition's plans for the 116th Congress at the event, which featured Claudia Tucker, Vice President of Government Affairs at Teladoc Health; Diana Felner, Vice President of Public Policy at Tourette Association of America; Catherine Pugh, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Health IT Now; and Jim Bialick, Managing Director of Health IT Now. 

White released the following statement:

"When I worked alongside former Senator John Breaux (D-LA) and former Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (R-CT) to launch Health IT Now more than a decade ago, the health IT landscape was quite different. We set out to encourage the uptake of electronic health records, to bolster the work of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT - then in its infancy - and to build support for what would become known as the HITECH Act in 2009," said HITN Executive Director Joel White. "Fast forward to today and the original goals of our coalition have been largely realized, as EHR-adoption has become nearly ubiquitous and our members have overseen passage of the landmark Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, the 21st Century Cures Act, and health-IT advances in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, to name a few. In short, we have attained 'health IT now,' what we still lack is meaningful innovation in how federal programs harness that technology to lower costs and improve health outcomes. Our rebranded Health Innovation Alliance, aided by our enlarged membership roster set to be announced at HIMSS19, will be uniquely positioned to tackle this challenge."

The new Health Innovation Alliance will be defined by a commitment to:

  • Connectivity in health information - including a continuation of Health IT Now's dogged fight to stomp out harmful information blocking practices and a new focus on HIPAA modernization

  • Patient-centric, technology-enabled care - rather than today's status quo of health care that is designed around the care setting, and

  • An agile regulatory framework that keeps pace with innovation by focusing on best manufacturing practices, usability, and measures effectiveness with real-world evidence.

Health IT Now will discuss its future plans and reveal the coalition's new logo at a HIMSS19 briefing, with an exact time and room location to be announced.