Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The eHealth Initiative is driven by leaders not only in the health care industry, but across many different fields. Business tycoons, advocacy professionals, doctors, and other clinicians have all teamed up to help realize a common goal: better, timelier, more accessible and accurate health care information for all. To do this, the eHealth Initiative has focused on one principle in particular: interoperability.

In its current incarnation, the American health care system comprises literally dozens of payers, tens of thousands of providers, and millions of payees or patients. Naturally, it becomes a herculean task to coordinate all the varying information sources, billing systems, care centers, and so forth. Doing so, however, would save billions of dollars in wasteful spending as well as thousands of hours of delays and processing lags.

Ambitious Aims

Many have dubbed the goals of eHI overly ambitious or even impossible. Nevertheless, the leaders of eHI have persisted in their belief that better technology continues to enable better information systems that may be be structured for maximum convenience. Much of the paperwork involved in filing claims, processing bills, and paying benefits could be obviated by a cross-platform online system that gives plan members, employers, and payers quick and easy access to records.

As it stands, a lack of clinical standards and a glut of clashing health care systems results in chaos for all parties involved. By removing these as well as other obstacles, the eHealth plan aims to revolutionize the way that care is sought, requested, received, and paid for in the U.S. In doing so, the program will give consumers the final say in their health care choices, eliminate common bottlenecks to efficiency, and keep fees affordable for those insured.

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