SCeHMA, a non-profit corporation, was established in 2001 to
care community collaboration to develop electronichealth information
and initiatives. Its mission is to support, examine, and develop health information policy and initiatives while exploring interactions with administrative
cost reduction and other impediments of health care quality and access.
SCeHMA currently supports two primary components to further its mission: a Shareware Registry and Repository(R&R) and a SCeHMA Policy Institute.
A critical component to policy decision-making, theory, and
is access to information technology. The shareware registry and
will provide an opportunity for eHealth Shareware Members to utilize
contribute to the development and design of information technology
The software developed by eHealth Shareware is available to be shared
SCeHMA Institute, in Memory of Sue Crystal, "The Sue Crystal eHealth Memorial Associates Policy Institute"
SCeHMA Institute provides an academic environment for all industry and public sectors to develop collaborative projects, promote education and information sharing, and caucus on critical issues. Other benefits include research topics, access to institute resources, network with industry and public participants, ability to share similar concerns, issues, problems, successes, best practices, common policies, procedures, and other resources. SCeHMA Institute academic setting and experience increases grant potential and participation in State Legislature initiated research and policy development.
The Evergreen State College is strongly commitment to an educational environment where theory is put into practice by encouraging community-based partnerships to address pertinent issues for the public good. Evergreen policy institutes have yielded tremendous public and educational benefits.
The SCeHMA Policy Institute also enhances the attendance,
and quality of Washington’s participation in increasingly critical
health "congress" and industry groups by sending delegates representing
the region or coalition based groups.
The early 1990s wave of health care reform targeted electronic capabilities seeking to ease administrative inefficiencies. Emerging technologies also held the promise of new opportunity and efficiency.
However, without clearly defined mandates efforts towards administrative cost reductions disintegrated into traditional, competitive-based payer defined solutions. The managed care model of business showed early returns and savings further shifting the focus from administrative cost reduction.
However, as medical costs have again begun to rise at astronomical inflation rates and managed care mandated documentation has overwhelmed provider industry interest has been rekindled in cost saving optionsIt is estimated that 25% of all health care dollars are spent on administration, not services. With rising overall medical costs, reducing administrative costs is imperative. Reconciling data for conducting research and comparative analysis however, is difficult to impossible due to poor quality, incomplete, and incompatible data.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) federal mandates have provided a renewed catalyst for the industry to form alliances and explore e-health initiatives. HIPAA changes the industry landscape and policies can no longer be formed in isolation nor driven by payers alone. In order for new standards and policies to address local and regional needs, the Northwest regional presence must be leveraged in national congress and other national industry groups.
This change requires strong new alliances to influence national policies and inform new health congresses. Alliances by region, public and industry sectors need to have a neutral setting to encourage an open, participatory and collaborative environment.
The forum must encourage participation from all members of the health community – including private and public payers and providers, government benefits, public health, advocacy groups, patients, industry associations, non-traditional provider industry representatives and academia. Membership must include equal participation not based solely on political or financial influence and other factors.
To carry out the goals of the institute, participation is broad based and membership must be unrestricted and free of traditional barriers such as interest based grouping, financial or political requirements.
For more information email Joan Bantz, SCEHMA Policy Institute
Director, at email@example.com,.
Leah Hole-Curry, (CV) Assistant SCHeHMA Policy Institute Direcector at Leah.Hole-Curry@foxsys.com
Kathleen Connor,(CV) Techncial and R&R Director at Kathleen.Connor@foxsys.com
Vickie Hohner, Symposium and Training Coordinator at Vicki.Hohner@foxsys.com
Michelle Coleman, Techncial Advisor
Chris Toal, Board President
Annie Mockabee, Board Member
Kris Kernan, Board Member
Some helpful links on HIPAA and must reads for those interested in
of health care:
CMS' HIPAA Home Page
CMS' Links to Other Web Sites for Administrative Simplification Information
US Department of Health and Human Services
Information Technology Association of America
American Medical Association
American Hospital Association
American Medical Informatics Association
National HealthKey Program
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) X12N Insurance Industry Implementation Guides
Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics
DHHS Administrative Simplification Rules
WEDI Virtual Resource Center (VRC) - The HIPAA Glossary
Office for Civile Rights, Privacy
http://www.nhsia.nhs.uk/nelh/ ( Health Care Resource Library)
If you want to read the most comprehensive paper on eHealth
Download White Paper from
Robert Woods Johnson :"The
Landscape (June 2001)"
Last modified: 09/15/02