Industry stakeholder advocacy organization eHealth Initiative is starting work on a major report to assess the transformation of the healthcare industry by 2020 and the barriers that could slow progress.

The organization has launched the eHealth Initiative 2020 Roadmap, a report it hopes to complete by September 2014 and seeks volunteers to join in the effort. Early leaders of report development, serving on an advisory board, include: John Glaser of Siemens representing vendors; Sam Ho of UnitedHealthcare representing insurers; Christopher Ross of Mayo Clinic representing providers; Susan Turney of the Medical Group Management Association representing clinicians; Micky Tripathi of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative representing information exchanges; and Joseph Touey of GlaxoSmithKline representing pharmaceutical manufacturers.

The effort will involve a series of surveys with stakeholders invited now to participate in an initial survey, as well as web seminars, executive roundtables and events with key constituencies.

Several years after the HITECH Act transformed the healthcare industry’s use of information technology and spurred health information exchange, and the Affordable Care Act started to change how care is delivered and paid for, the time is right to assess where the industry stands and barriers to moving further, says Jon Dimsdale, director of programs and research at eHealth Initiative.

(See also: HHS Health Information Exchange Strategy Lacking, Says GAO)

The roadmap, Dimsdale adds, will focus recommendations in four primary areas:

* Identify a sustainable path for meaningful use, being aware of ongoing costs and the need to find ways to encourage continued participation in adopting electronic health records and health IT in general.

* Promote interoperable systems to achieve the vision of seamless health information exchange that supports care delivery and improved quality while reducing costs.

* Transform care delivery by identifying incentives to optimize care and finding solutions for current challenges brought by the primary care shortage, chronic disease and an aging population.

* Balance innovation and privacy by finding new ways that government can encourage health innovation of medical devices, smartphone apps and personalized medicine while protecting confidentiality, and balance regulation to enhance care delivery without overburdening providers by aligning quality reporting programs.

More information on the goals of the 2020 Roadmap and how to participate, including the first survey, is available here.

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