Health Information Technology

About the Consumer Partnership for

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is a non-partisan coalition led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, which has been working since 2005 to ensure that efforts to drive health information technology (IT) adoption meet the needs of patients and their families.

CPeH includes members from nearly 50 consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels, and remains the only coalition comprised solely of consumer and patient advocates. The combined membership of CPeH represents more than 127 million Americans. CPeH has been instrumental in helping shape recent federal legislation related to health IT, and we continue to advocate that a patient-centered focus is critical for effective implementation of health IT.

To inform this work, we have articulated a Consumer Vision for what patient-centered care, enabled by health IT, would look like. The group also drafted a set of "Consumer Principles" in 2006, based on the Markle Foundation’s Common Framework. These principles offer guidance for consumer-friendly development of electronic health information exchange networks.

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To foster an active, informed consumer voice on this issue, the National Partnership launched an online community of advocates. If you are interested in being a part of this nation-wide community, click here.