CINCINNATI, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PatientPoint® today announced its membership in National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) to drive national awareness and adoption of patient engagement strategies. PatientPoint is the leader and innovator in patient engagement solutions including a care coordination platform, patient education programs and tools to support and facilitate patient-provider communication. NeHC is a public-private partnership working in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the health IT community to accelerate use of health information technology to create a more patient-centered system and drive better outcomes and value.
PatientPoint joins an esteemed group of healthcare stakeholders and a growing number of NeHC members working to support and accelerate the use of health IT for the advancement of health and improved patient care. Secure and reliable electronic information exchange and direct engagement with consumers are two of the most transformational strategies in healthcare today, shown repeatedly to improve quality, enhance patient satisfaction and improve efficiency. NeHC and members such as PatientPoint focus attention in these high priority areas.
NeHC CEO Kate Berry said, "We are very excited to welcome PatientPoint as an NeHC member. PatientPoint will be a valuable collaborator on patient-centered technology solutions and will help to fuel the growth in deployment of forward-thinking consumer strategies."
With the rapid growth and progression of meaningful use and new accountable care initiatives, how physicians connect, communicate and empower their patients to take a more active role in their care is quickly becoming a significant driver of successful care coordination and patient navigation. NeHC's Patient Engagement Framework outlines a model for healthcare organizations seeking to use eHealth tools and resources to improve communication and coordination with their patients. The NeHC Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT) provides the hands-on support needed for organizations to quantify and focus their improvement efforts and measure their progress toward consumer engagement in eHealth.
PatientPoint is an excellent example of the strategies suggested in the Patient Engagement Framework. PatientPoint solutions provide a comprehensive care coordination and patient engagement platform aimed to improve the physician-patient partnership, improve clinical outcomes and reduce the cost of care.
Through a full suite of digital, targeted products, PatientPoint focuses on driving adherence to medications and care plans and reducing readmission rates in provider organizations.
PatientPoint Chief Executive Officer Tom McGuinness stated, "With more than 20 years of experience in the patient engagement industry and demonstrated success in educating and empowering patients to achieve their best personal health outcomes, PatientPoint is poised to be a strong leader with NeHC, its members and public and private stakeholders. We recognize tremendous synergies in our own philosophies and strategic roadmap relative to the Patient Engagement Framework and are excited to collaborate with NeHC and the entire healthcare ecosystem to improve patient-physician communications and health outcomes."
Healthcare organizations can learn more about NeHC, PatientPoint and their patient engagement efforts at HIMSS13. Visit the PatientPoint Booth #1668 for more information on innovative patient engagement and care coordination solutions, including the NCQA Prevalidated Care Coordination Platform. While at the booth, meet legendary Coach Lou Holtz on Monday, March 4, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., register at http://www.patientpoint.com/HIMSS13-Registration.aspx#Register.
About National eHealth Collaborative
National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that accelerates meaningful use of health IT to advance health and transform healthcare. Through its NeHC University online education program, its Consumer Consortium on eHealth patient engagement initiative, and its ongoing study of critical success factors for health information exchange through the HIE Learning Network, NeHC works to educate, connect and encourage healthcare stakeholders in efforts to promote the successful deployment of health IT and health information exchange nationwide. NeHC recently partnered with HealthCAWS, a healthcare technology company focused on Combining Accountability With Support for consumers, providers and organizations to solve the value equation in health care, to bring the NeHC Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool (CeRT) to market. For more information, visit http://www.nationalehealth.org.
PatientPoint® is the leader and innovator of patient and physician engagement solutions at the point of care. PatientPoint award-winning patient education programs and care coordination platform drive meaningful outcomes for patients, healthcare providers and program sponsors. The PatientPoint Care Coordination Platform is the first mobile-enabled care coordination and patient engagement platform to be prevalidated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 2011 patient-centered medical home (PCMH) criteria. PatientPoint serves more than 61,000 physicians across all programs and more than 570 hospitals throughout the U.S., and impacts over 456 million patient and caregiver exposures annually. Learn more at www.patientpoint.com.
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