The Janie Appleseed Network is founded on the principle that creating a culture of wellness requires “ordinary” people within every community to get involved. Engaging the medical community and insurance companies is necessary, but not sufficient to plant and grow a flourishing focus on wellness-centered living.
The Janie Appleseed Network is created with the vision that consumers, as a collective whole, will become a productive force contrubuting to efforts underway to use electronic health records to improve health outcomes and help propagate a culture of wellness in America.
Our aim is to demonstrate the value of having this type of consumer communication mechanism by using it within the State of Rhode Island as an element present within the Beacon Community pilot study. We hope to generate useful consumer data that will aid in the evaluation of the Beacon Community program.
The Janie Appleseed Network will provide valuable information that consumers will need to know as they begin facing choices related to the existence of this new technology. It will provide a means to give and receive feedback about the use of Electronic Health Record Technology and what value or harm may be associated with its’ use. The project will stimulate Rhode Island consumers to get involved in the Beacon Community initiative. It will also provide a feasible, realistic and productive mechanism where collective consumer contribution can become recognized stakeholder input in all facets of EHR policy creation, technological development, system deployment, data management/maintenance and use of this information
“Janie Appleseed” is an independent health information technology (HIT) consultant with over 20 years experience. She has a strong background in the development and use of HIT standards that support system integration and data interoperability. She is an HL7 Certified CDA Specialist, and has trained at the Lantana Group’s CDA Academy. She has 3 years experience validating CDS R2 implementation specifications for the IHE’s Quality, Research and Public Health domain and Patient Care Coordination domain. She participated in the CDA Consolidation project for the S&I Framework initiative and is a member of the HL7SDWG. She has broad business experience and holds an M.B.A.validictorian with a concentration in information systems, a B.A. in Computer Science summa cum laude and a M.S. in Medical Informatics.