Washington, D.C. – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) today released Promoting Prevention through Information Technology: Assessment of Information Technology in ACHP Plans.It was prepared for the Alliance of Community Health Plans Foundation and funded under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Information technology (IT) is essential to systematic efforts to improve health care, but it is often difficult to sift through the jargon and understand how it is used,” said Jack Ebeler, President and CEO of ACHP. “Promoting Prevention Through Information Technology provides a snap shot of how ten ACHP health plans are using new technology to support preventive services.” For example, ACHP plans:
- create automatic reminders for providers and patients about the need for preventive care (all ten plans use IT to disseminate such automatic reminders);
- use the Internet to share data among providers and patients (for example, six plans provide physicians with access to clinical guidelines through their web site); and
- use Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) (six plans use an EMR for at least some patients and patient information).
Health plans report that in the future, they expect to use IT even more, with greater reliance on the Internet, increased use of IT to support population-based care, and increased use of Electronic Medical Records.
The report is available on ACHP’s web site (www.ACHP.org); copies can also be obtained by calling ACHP ( 202-785-2247 ).