The eHealth Initiative, a not-for-profit organization promoting the use of health information technology as a way to drive improvements in healthcare quality, safety and efficiency, honored two organizations and two individuals for their e-health leadership in Washington on Wednesday night.
In Washington, honors for e-health efforts
Winners of the 2011 eHealth Awards were the Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C., the Institute for Family Health, New York; Dr. Harris Frankel, president of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative, Omaha; and Jonah Frohlich, formerly the deputy secretary for health information technology with the California Health and Human Services Agency and now a managing director of healthcare transaction and policy with Manatt Health Solutions, San Francisco.
"For the past 10 years, eHI has celebrated individuals and organizations that demonstrate how health IT can be practical, sustainable, and address patient and provider needs," eHealth Initiative CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick said in a news release announcing the winners. "We thank them for their leadership and honor them for their success."
The award recipients were recognized for wide-ranging health IT efforts. Carolinas HealthCare System was lauded for its LiveWell Carolinas program, which aims to use online tools and personalized health guidance to improve CHS employees' health behaviors, according to the release. The Institute for Family Health was recognized for a patient-outreach program that resulted in nearly 80% of established Institute patients visiting their primary-care provider within a 12-month period.
Frohlich, in his time with the California Health and Human Services Agency, "created a collaborative infrastructure" that encouraged broad health IT participation and investment, according to the release. And Frankel worked to bring together diverse healthcare stakeholders to fund and support the Nebraska Health Information Initiative, eHealth noted.
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