Consumers gain new advocates

July 30, 2013 in Medical Technology

The National eHealth Collaborative has named the members of its new Consumer Engagement Advisory Council, a body of nationally known experts and advocates in healthcare and health IT who will help shape and grow NeHC’s patient and family engagement agenda.

Consumer engagement in eHealth is a top priority for NeHC because it is a critical element driving better outcomes and greater value, NeHC officials said in a news release. Current NeHC consumer engagement efforts include disseminating the NeHC Patient Engagement Framework, a consumer engagement roadmap developed in collaboration with the Consumer Consortium on eHealth and many other stakeholders, and encouraging adoption of the NeHC Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool, or CeRT – powered by HealthCAWS – a business intelligence tool mapped to the NeHC Patient Engagement Framework and meaningful use. 

On behalf of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, NeHC is convening a technical expert panel on patient generated health data, and it hosts series of patient engagement case study webinars through NeHC University.

“NeHC has a unique focus on consumer engagement in eHealth. We are excited to have a highly engaged Consumer Engagement Advisory Council of this caliber,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry in a press statement. “We look forward to working with these extraordinary leaders to accelerate progress toward successful consumer and family engagement leveraging a wide variety of eHealth tools.”

“I am continually impressed with the way in which NeHC is able to convene a wide variety of innovative stakeholders dedicated to developing, educating and advancing eHealth principles,” said Leslie Kelly Hall, senior vice president of policy at Healthwise, who is joining the new NeHC Consumer Engagement Advisory Council.

The new members of the NeHC Consumer Engagement Advisory Council are:

  • David Bennett, GetWellNetwork
  • Bill Bro, Kidney Cancer Association
  • Blair Butterfield, VitalHealth Software
  • Megan Chavez, Tower Strategies
  • Tony Cook, GetWellNetwork
  • Diane Davies, Visi Inc.
  • Peter Franklin, Standard Register
  • Mary Gaetz, KY Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information
  • Frederic Goldstein, Care Continuum Alliance
  • Mary Griskewicz, HIMSS
  • Leslie Kelly Hall, Healthwise
  • Susie Hull, Diversinet Corporation
  • Noel Khirsukhani, PatientPoint
  • Mary Kilmer, Oracle
  • Lance Kilpatrick, AARP
  • Jeri Kirschner, Orion Health
  • Michael Lardiere, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Ellen Makar, ONC
  • Rose Maljanian, HealthCAWS
  • Susan Moser, AbbVie
  • Gary Ozanich, Northern Kentucky University
  • Chuck Parker, Continua Health Alliance
  • Lygeia Ricciardi, ONC
  • Tanya Scott, The Connected Health Economy
  • Scott Wallace, Standard Register
  • Susan Woods, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


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