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New Communications Tools Based On Consumer Research On Secure Electronic Health Information Exchange

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Electronic Health Information

Free public education tools enhance consumer understanding of benefits of electronic health information.

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When medical emergencies arise there is no time to waste, yet few patient medical histories can be accessed electronically to help doctors make informed decisions -- especially when a patient is unconscious and can't communicate information about allergies or special medical conditions.

eHealth Initiative Foundation released research findings and a fully customizable set of new communications tools designed to enhance consumer understanding of the benefits of health IT and health information exchange (HIE). As part of the InformationSTATTM program, these public awareness tools can be used by state, regional and community initiatives to educate consumers about the real life-and-death difference secure electronic health information exchange can have. The eHI web-based tools and resources include downloadable public announcements for radio, print-ready artwork for advertisements and billboards, case examples, and brochures on the importance of electronic health information exchange. The more than 30 resources made available today also include partnership development guides and customizable brochures and powerpoint presentations which local sponsors can use to reach out to practicing clinicians and employers to engage them in health information exchange efforts across the country. Access to the InformationSTATTM program materials are available free of charge through the eHI Connecting Communities Toolkit. Sign-in is required.

According to eHI's 2006 Survey of Health Information Exchange at the State, Regional and Community Levels, at least 165 health information exchange initiatives exist today in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and more than one half of the states in the U.S. are developing or implementing plans for exchanging information electronically to support improvements in health and healthcare, many stimulated by legislative mandates and executive orders.