WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), issued the following statement today in reaction to the introduction of health care information technology and quality improvement legislation by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):
“We commend Majority Leader Frist and Senator Clinton for addressing the challenge of encouraging the broader use of information technology in health care.
“Our goal is a system that delivers better care to patients. The widespread adoption of information technology puts real-time health care data at physicians’ fingertips and facilitates collecting and reporting quality information that will create a new environment of transparency in health care.
“Information technology makes possible ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons of health care quality information that empowers consumers to make informed health care choices and encourages health plans, doctors and hospitals to improve.
“The quality and cost of health care cannot truly be transformed without making sure that information technology is used effectively to benefit patients. As policymakers continue to examine ways to bring more ofAmerica’s health care system online, they should challenge the entire system to improve along with those innovations.”
ACHP members are national leaders in the use of information technology in health care. The links below provide more information on their innovations, which include electronic medical records, online prescription refills, secure venues to ask health care professionals questions, and more.
- ACHP Op-Ed on Medical IT (Managed Care magazine, November 2004)
- Group Health Cooperative’s (Seattle) MyGroupHealth.com
- Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin’s GHCMyChart
- Capital Health Plan’s CHPConnect
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The Alliance of Community Health Plans brings together innovative health plans and provider organizations that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate to identify problems, share information and work toward solutions to some of health care’s biggest challenges. Their work is the foundation for ACHP’s advocacy on behalf of better health care nationally. More information is available at www.achp.org.
Capital Health Plan; CareOregon; Excellus; Fallon Community Health Plan; Group Health Cooperative; Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; Health Alliance Plan; HealthPartners; HIP Health Plan of New York; Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and the Permanente Federation; M•Plan; OSF HealthPlans; UCare Minnesota;
UPMC Health Plan