Washington, D.C. - Health insurance plans' cutting-edge information technology (IT) strategies are adding value to health care for employers, health care practitioners and most importantly, consumers, industry leaders said today on Capitol Hill.Participants in the briefing stressed that health insurance plans are using IT not only to process claims more efficiently, but also to promote evidence-based care, add value to health care services and empower consumers through access to better information and decision tools.

Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said that the use of IT is adding value for consumers with chronic health conditions, creating a seamless, error-free electronic pathway to guide prescriptions from doctor to pharmacist to patient, and allowing health professionals to collaborate over vast distances and communicate with patients electronically. She cited a report released by AHIP, "Innovations in Health Information Technology," which details specific health plan IT advances.

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