Health IT Now Honors Congressional Champions with “Health IT Pioneer” Award

WASHINGTON, DC (December 13, 2017): Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes  – presented its annual Health IT Pioneer awards, the organization’s highest honor, to select Members of Congress at a reception Tuesday evening.

The Health IT Pioneer awards recognize legislators who have aggressively pushed for technology-enabled solutions to spur improvements in healthcare. Coinciding with the launch of HITN’s Patient Safety Network Alliance – a new task force within HITN dedicated specifically to combatting the opioid crisis – several awardees were recognized for their support of health IT measures to address prescription drug abuse, such as enhanced prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and reforms to the law known as 42 CFR Part 2, which segregates patients’ addiction treatment history from the rest of their health record. 

ADVISORY: Health IT Now to Hold November 28th Hill Briefing on Telehealth Measures

WASHINGTON, DC: Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – will hold a Congressional briefing on Tuesday, November 28th at noon entitled Time for Telehealth: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Bring Medicare into the 21st Century.

Telehealth is transforming the healthcare system – allowing providers to deliver services when and where patients need them, thereby improving outcomes and lowering costs.

For too long, however, Medicare has lagged behind other health payers in recognizing this technology. Several bills introduced this Congress would take an important first step in bringing Medicare into the 21st Century, but they need a vote soon to make such a reality possible.

Health IT Now Reacts to Opioid Commission Recommendations

WASHINGTON, DC (November 3, 2017): Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – responded today to the final report issued by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The report offers 56 specific recommendations for addressing opioid misuse, including five recommendations related to prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) enhancements supported by Health IT Now. 

Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:

“We are pleased to see that the Commission’s final report recognizes the importance of leveraging health IT to stem the tide of this devastating opioid epidemic. Modernizing our PDMPs to ensure full interoperability and data sharing between systems is pivotal to stopping instances of abuse before it is too late. Specifically, the data sharing ‘hub’ described in this report would make important strides towards ensuring that prescribers and pharmacists have a full picture of an individual’s controlled substance use and are able to make more informed decisions for their patients,” said HITN Executive Director Joel White“We continue to believe that changes to the flawed 42 CFR Part 2 law are needed as well, as the current statute risks denying providers access to critical, relevant information about a patient’s past addiction. We appreciate that recommendations related to this subject were included in the Commission’s earlier interim report, and urge policymakers to heed the calls for reform.” 

White concluded“With this report, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has offered a worthy roadmap to helping eradicate the cancer of opioid abuse. Now it is incumbent upon Congress and the administration to give these recommendations the funding and support they deserve.” 

PREVIOUSLY:
Health IT Now Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Declaration (10/26/17)

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About Health IT Now: Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that support incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.