As part of National Health Information IT Week, Continua attended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Consumer Health IT Summit and pledged along with other industry leaders to continue to engage consumers in dialogue about the importance of consumer access to electronic health information.
The Alliance agrees to continue to engage consumers in dialogue about the importance of consumer access to electronic health information
BEAVERTON, Ore. – September 12, 2011 –Continua Health Alliance, the international non-profit, open industry organization of leading healthcare and technology companies, today pledged to continue to engage members and consumers in dialogue about health IT and the importance of consumer access to electronic health information, during the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Consumer Health IT Summit to launch the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Consumer Program to engage consumers in their health via Health IT.
The Washington, D.C. event featured federal health and technology leaders, including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Surgeon General Regina Benjamin; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald M. Berwick; U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra; HHS Chief Technology Officer Todd Park; and many other notable leaders from the public and private sector highlighting best practices and federal efforts to empower consumers to access and use their own health information to become partners in their own care through health IT.
“Continua commends the ONC for furthering the initiative to encourage consumers to be active participants in their own healthcare,” said Chuck Parker, executive director, Continua Health Alliance. “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to pledge today during what we see as a milestone in the ongoing effort to encourage consumers to use personal connected healthcare to monitor their health and the health of their loved ones.”
About Continua Health Alliance
Continua Health Alliance is an international non-profit, open industry organization of healthcare and technology companies collaborating to improve the quality of personal healthcare. With more than 240 member companies around the world, Continua is dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal connected health solutions with the knowledge that extending those solutions into the home fosters independence, empowers individuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health and wellness management. For more information visit: www.continuaalliance.org.