Consumer Partnership for eHealth. (2011). The consumer platform for health IT: Advancing patient and family engagement through technology. Retrieved from http://e.ccialerts.com/a/hBNyCSZAIyhSgAa0kNPNsftAboy/mh21.
“Members of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) have been working for more than five years to advance patient-centered, consumer-focused health IT (information technology). We believe our nation is at a pivotal moment for transforming our health care system with the support of better information. This platform outlines a vision for how health IT can help patients, and how consumer groups can work alongside other stakeholders to improve health outcomes.
Consumers are the most significant untapped resource in health care. We are eager to be partners in advancing and using technology — which empowers us in so many areas of our lives — to participate more actively in matters of health. As we move toward new care delivery and payment models, the collection and sharing of information with all stakeholders, and especially consumers, will be paramount. Health IT is a critical enabler of the kind of information sharing that is crucial for continuously improving the health of individuals and populations, as well as the nation. Achieving better care, healthier communities, and more affordability will require the utilization of all our collective resources, and consumers have critical assets to bring to policy making tables and individual decision making process”