The National eHealth Collaborative has finally found a new role for itself as the national voice for health information technology and is recruiting their first permanent CEO and replacing a couple of Board of Directors openings. As many of you know I was on the governance committee that was instrumental in getting 2 seats dedicated specifically for consumers (take a look at the current board members to get an idea of the wide range of representatives) and I was on both the original Board of Directors selection committee as well as this one and I encourage you to apply.
For those of you who aren't familiar with NeHC - The National eHealth Collaborative is a non-partisian public private organization that was founded by open, collaborative process in 2008 and it operates in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC/HHS), the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), and the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Collaborative, to establish breakthrough health information technology initiatives nationwide.
Although the policy and standards committees (9 of the NeHC board members sit on those 2 committees) have played a dominate role in the conversations up until now there is clearly a need for an organization that can lead the national communication and engagement strategy with both consumers and providers if we want the upcoming $45 billion investment in health IT to be successful.
Please consider applying for either the CEO or board seats and please share this with people both withing your "tribe" as well as those who aren't. We need to hear from all of the voices and broaden the conversation to include those who have expertise building organizations at the national level. Not many of you realize that my view is that the ARRA funding is seed capital and we need the brightest minds both in the public sector as well as the private sector to create a sustainable patient centered health care system.
I am pleased you are continuing to play a role here!
Lots of issues regarding the effective use of HIT - see this study http://www.amjmed.com/webfiles/images/journals/ajm/AJM10662S200.pdf
My personal point of view is that there are a few integrated, clinically oriented HIT systems that have proved their value within vertically integrated HC systems - VA's VistA being one....
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