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The Next Revolution: The Role of Informatics in Improving Health Care

Health Passport Program

Slide Presentation by J. Terry Williams (Text Version)


On July 26, 2001, J. Terry Williams, M.P.H., made a presentation during the Web-assisted teleconference, The Next Revolution: The Role of Informatics in Improving Health Care entitled "Health Passport."

This is the text version of Terry Williams's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (196 KB).


Slide 1

Health Passport Program (HPP)

Presented to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Informatics Web conference

July 26, 2001
J. Terry Williams, M.P.H.
Western Governors Association (WGA)

Slide 2

Key Findings of the Demonstration by Urban Institute

  1. Providers liked the concept, clients were positive about the card.
  2. Privacy/Security was not a problem for clients.
  3. Clients felt empowered in using the card and managing their child's health data.

Slide 3

Who Is Benefiting?

Mothers and Children:

  • True access is the engagement of parents so they are a partner in the delivery of health care for their children.
    —Terry Williams, Health Passport Manager, WGA.

Health Care Providers:

  • In most communities, providers function in almost total isolation—they have little opportunity to share ideas, learn new skills or provide support and guidance to one another.
    Starting Points, Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Children, the Carnegie Foundation.

Slide 4

Health Passport Demonstration

  • Western regional pilot.
  • Pilot sites:  Cheyenne, WY; Reno, NV; Bismarck, ND.
  • Launch:
    Bismarck & Cheyenne—June 1999  
    Reno—June 2000.
  • 20,000 moms and kids.
  • 17 local partner organizations.
  • Retail Stores:  WY & NV.
  • Private medical providers.

Slide 5

The Challenge:

  • Use of Technology:
    • Focus on the End Result, not the Process.
    • Empowerment, not government control.
  • Gaining acceptance:
    • Make HPP transparent to users, providers.
  • Protect personal privacy.

Slide 6

Phase I Card

This slide displays an example of the front and back of a Health Passport Card. Like a credit card, the individual's name appears on the card, along with an identification number.

  • One card per family member.
  • Multi-application hybrid architecture  (mag stripe for backward integration).
  • 8 k microprocessor.
  • Internet back-up from host using data encryption via network.

Slide 7

Legacy Integration

The HPP Card captures data from each legacy system and has the ability to send new information to the legacy system

This slide features a diagram of how the legacy systems work together. The HPP card is in the center, surrounded by the different systems, with arrows illustrating that data can go both ways from a legacy system to the card. The systems surrounding the card are (Clockwise from top right):

  • HPP-Turnkey.
  • MCH [Maternal-Child Health].
  • Immunizations.
  • Head Start.
  • Medicaid.
  • WIC [Women, Infants, and Children].

Slide 8

On the Card:  Programs with Status

Programs with Detailed  Information:

  • WIC & Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT).
  • Nutrition Program.
  • Immunization.
  • Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT).
  • HeadStart.
  • Maternal and Child Health.
  • Public Health Nursing.
  • Private Providers:
    • Cheyenne Children's Clinic.
    • Med-Center One: Family Doctor's Clinic.

Programs with Status Only:

  • Food Stamps, commodity food program.
  • Oral Health (Dental).
  • Children's Special Health Services.
  • Well Baby Clinic.
  • Housing or Fuel Assistance.
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)/Power/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • Food Pantry.
  • School Lunch & Breakfast.
  • Family Planning (Reproductive Health).
  • Tracking System (Children).
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • Extension, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Family Nutrition Program (FNP).
  • Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women.
  • Others.

Slide 9

On the Card: Medical Results

Medical results and date last updated:

  • Height and weight.
  • Hemoglobin/Hematocrit test results.
  • Immunizations.
  • Pregnancy Status and Due Date.
  • Gravia.
  • Parity.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Breast Feeding Information.
  • Client Exam Data:  Coded Results, Source Code, Date Stamp:
    • Heart.
    • Blood Pressure.
    • Lungs.
    • Abdomen.
    • Teeth.
    • Hearing.
    • Vision.
    • Extremities.
    • Nose.
    • Throat.

Slide 10

Project Sponsors

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS): Public Health Service (PHS), MCH, & Head Start.
  • Medicaid.
  • State Immunization Program.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—Food & Nutrition.
  • National Library of Medicine.
  • General Services Administration (GSA)—Technical evaluation.
  • Several large pharmaceutical companies.
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield North Dakota.

Current as of August 2001


Internet Citation:

Williams, JT. Health Passport Program. Slide Presentation (Text Version) presented at The Next Revolution: The Role of Informatics in Improving Health Care, Web-Assisted teleconference, July 26, 2001. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/ulp/informat/williamstxt.htm


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