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The Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) works to leverage local efforts already underway and connect to existing HIT resources when possible. In areas where there are gaps, OHIT supports the development of new HIT services. These new services will help health care organizations better coordinate and manage care.

Common Credentialing Program

Oregon's common credentialing solution will streamline the process for applying for and maintaining credentialing information for Oregon practitioners. Today, health care practitioners are credentialed independently by different organizations, resulting in a duplication of efforts. Health care practitioners must repeatedly complete credentialing applications and provide supporting documentation for each credentialing organization.

Oregon's Common Credentialing tool will provide credentialing organizations access to information necessary to credential and recredential health care practitioners. The common credentialing solution will not only capture and store credentialing information and documents; it will include a verification process for select credentialing information according to state and national requirements. Download the Common Credentialing Overview

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Provider Directory Services

Today, Oregon does not have an authoritative statewide directory of health care providers. Instead, health care organizations use a multitude of isolated provider directories, spread across state and non-state systems. Those directories are often limited in scope and data accuracy, and are costly and burdensome to maintain. They also may or may not meet current and emerging nationwide provider directory standards.

The Oregon Health Authority is developing a state-level provider directory or "provider directory services" to fill this gap. The directory will contain the information providers need to securely communicate and exchange patient information. It will also provide a rich single source of authoritative provider information, such as contact information, clinic affiliations, licensing data, etc. that can support the operations and analytics needs of health care organizations. OHA seeks to leverage data in current provider databases and add critical new information and functions. A stakeholder advisory group is working to help inform the development process, scope and requirements. Download the Provider Directory Overview.

Learn more about the Provider Directory.

Clinical Quality Metrics Registry

The Oregon Health Authority is developing a clinical quality metrics registry with the ability to  receive and display clinical quality data for the Medicaid program and inform benchmarks and other quality improvement reporting. The registry will be utilized  to calculate eligibility  for paying quality incentives to coordinated care organizations and Medicaid EHR incentives to providers. The State will use the registry data and other state data sources to produce information on utilization, cost, and performance on clinical quality metrics. Once implemented, the registry will likely have value for non-Medicaid pay-for-performance programs and reduce administrative burden on providers by collecting Meaningful Use clinical quality measures for multiple programs. Download the Clinical Quality Metrics Registry Overview.   

Learn more about the CQMR

Health Information Exchange Onboarding Program

OHA is developing a Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program aimed at advancing HIE across Oregon’s Medicaid provider network. Funded through a new federal 90 percent match opportunity, the HIE Onboarding Program will support new connections between critical Medicaid providers and community-based HIEs. Critical Medicaid providers identified for this program include behavioral health providers, oral health providers, critical physical health providers and others. Later phases include the onboarding of long-term services and supports, social services and other critical Medicaid providers.
 
Learn more about the HIE Onboarding Program

HIT Commons Business Plan - A public/private partnership

In September 2017, the Oregon Health Leadership Council (OHLC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released the Health Information Technology (HIT) “Commons” Business Plan that will guide the creation of a public/private HIT governance partnership for Oregon. Leveraging current efforts, the HIT Commons is intended to help connect existing HIT systems, support statewide solutions, and to guide future investments that support advancing health IT across Oregon.
 
 
This business plan is the result of collaborative work among OHLC, OHA and many stakeholders and has been accepted by OHA and the OHLC board. Staff have been directed to take the necessary steps to put a HIT Commons transition governance structure in place and begin this important work going forward. Starting in 2018, the HIT Commons will assume governance of the Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) along with other priority statewide HIT initiatives, with the express purpose of accelerating and advancing OHA’s vision of an HIT optimized health care delivery system in Oregon.
 
Learn more about the next steps for launching the HIT Commons

Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Gateway

Authorized Oregon prescribers, pharmacists and their delegates can now get Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) data within their electronic workflow via the PDMP Gateway. Access to accurate and timely PDMP information at the point of care can help health care professionals make better informed clinical decisions and improve patient care.
 
The ability to integrate the PDMP with current health IT systems is made possible by the passage of House Bill 4124 (2016) which received strong support from across stakeholder communities. The bill mandates that individual prescribers, pharmacists or their delegates to have an active PDMP user account in order to receive PDMP data through the new PDMP Gateway query.
 
The PDMP Gateway is in the initial live phase while OHA prepares to roll out a statewide subscription to the PDMP Gateway which will reduce cost burdens for those health care organizations who want to integrate the PDMP Gateway into their electronic workflow. OHA’s statewide subscription will include a state contribution for the Medicaid share of the subscription. OHA anticipates the subscription to be available in early 2018.
 
OHA is working with early adopters to onboard to the PDMP Gateway, including, but are not limited to: the Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) and Reliance eHealth Collaborative.
 
Oregon’s PDMP program manages the gateway efforts and is accepting applications from health care organizations interested in integrating the PDMP Gateway. To get started now, visit www.orpdmp.com and select “user access” from the left-hand menu.

Telehealth

Telehealth is an important and growing way for medical providers to extend their reach geographically and increase their capacity. Telehealth covers a broad variety of technologies and strategies to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Telehealth includes video conferencing for medical consultations at a distance, monitoring patients remotely through electronic devices and the related use of mobile devices in medical care. These technologies are quickly expanding in use and have the potential to extend medical services to more people and in new ways, particularly in Oregon's rural areas. OHIT actively seeks out ways to support these beneficial technologies to improve health and health care in Oregon.

Telehealth pilot grant projects

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) selected five telehealth pilot projects that represent a variety of patient populations, telehealth delivery methods, and geographical areas. The projects are supported by the federal State Innovation Model (SIM) grant, which Oregon received to fund innovative projects that support the State's health care system transformation efforts. The projects will last one-year are designed to improve coordination and access to care through telehealth technologies.

Learn more about the five telehealth pilot projects.

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