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Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) is a statutory body of Governor-appointed, Senate-confirmed citizens, tasked with setting goals and developing a strategic health information technology plan for the state, as well as monitoring progress in achieving those goals and providing oversight for the implementation of the plan. HITOC is currently coordinating Oregon's public and private statewide efforts in electronic health records adoption and the development of a statewide system for electronic health information exchange. The HITOC builds on the past work of the Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee (HIIAC) and the Health Information Security  and Privacy Collaborative (HISPC).
 
This is the official website for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs and provides up-to-date, detailed information about the program. This is a new program funded by ARRA federal stimulus dollars, and it is separate from other active CMS incentive programs, such as Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update (RHQDAPU) and e-Prescribing.
 
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration's health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Certified EHR List from the ONC can be accessed here.

Technical Assistance

The Oregon Health Authority has contracted with OCHIN to implement Oregon’s Medicaid Meaningful Use Technical Assistance Program (OMMUTAP) to support and certain Oregon Medicaid providers in adopting, implementing, upgrading or meaningfully using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT), as well as with advancing their understanding and capability to exchange health information in utilizing interoperable health information technology (HIT) as needed.

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Tribal Providers
Tribal providers can contact Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) EHR Support Center for assitance.  
 

Meaningful Use

Meaningful use requirements are a set of 10 Objectives that demonstrate whether a provider is using his or her certified electronic health record technology in a "meaningful" way. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specifies three main components of meaningful use:
  • The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
  • The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
  • The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

 

The criteria for meaningful use has been staged in three steps: 
  • Stage 1 (2011 and 2012) set the baseline for electronic data capture and information sharing.
  • Stage 2 (2013 – 2017) focuses on advanced clinical processe
  • Stage 3 (starting in 2017) will continue to expand the focus of Stage 1 and 2,  as well as focus on improved outcomes

 

Providers and hospitals must select 5 "menu set" meaningful use objectives from a list of 10 objectives. At least one of these 5 must be a public health objective. Oregon's Public Health Division has provided information to help providers meet that requirement.

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