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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).

Technical Assistance

The federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has designated Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to support and serve health care providers in adopting EHRs, assist with implementation and give technical assistance as needed to help eligible professionals and Critical Access Hospitals achieve meaningful use.
Oregon's Regional Extension Center (O-HITEC) website
O-HITEC is partnering with provider associations to provide technical assistance to providers across Oregon. O-HITEC provider technical assistance to providers and clinics adopting, implementing, or upgrading to certified EHRs and seeking to achieve meaningful use. O-HITEC also assists Oregon's rural and critical access hospitals.
O-HITEC's vision is to use Health IT as a catalyst to transform the delivery of primary care services to patients across the State of Oregon. O-HITEC will focus on three overarching goals:
  • Bringing EHR technology to providers in small clinics still using paper charts
  • Helping those who have "adopted" EHR systems achieve true meaningful use
  • Transforming the delivery of primary care

Contact info

Phone: 503-943-2617
Tribal providers can contact the National Indian Health Board Regional Extension Center for support.

Meaningful Use

Meaningful use requirements are a set of 25 criteria that show whether a provider is using his or her certified electronic health record 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 will be staged in three steps over the course of the next five years.
  • Stage 1 (2011 and 2012) sets the baseline for electronic data capture and information sharing.
  • Stage 2 (expected to be implemented in 2013) and
  • Stage 3 (expected to be implemented in 2015) will continue to expand on this baseline and be developed through future rule-making.
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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