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Oregon is transforming health care delivery to improve health outcomes and quality of care while reducing costs for all Oregonians. Health information technology is essential to these efforts. Timely access to health information allows for improved communications, coordination and efficiencies across care settings. Health information technology supports patient-centered care, ensuring that the right health information is available to health systems, providers and patients at the right time and place.

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​The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is pleased to announce that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program, entitled Community-Based Health Information Exchange Onboarding Program (OHA-4330-17), is now posted on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN), located at

The RFP (OHA-4330-17) and related attachments can be found within the ORPIN system. If you do not have an ORPIN account, please use this guide to set one up.
The RFP closes on December 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. (Local Time).
NOTE: Do not direct any questions to the staff at OHA's Office of Health IT (OHIT).  All Proposers must follow the RFP instructions regarding the Single Point of Contact, and should address any questions to David Reynolds ( Failure to follow any RFP instructions may result in rejection of your Proposal.
Click here for additional details. For more information about the HIE Onboarding Program, visit the progam overview page.

The Oregon Health Leadership Council is holding an EDIE (Emergency Department Information Exchange) and PreManage Learning Collaborative on October 5, 2017 in Portland. Register to learn how health care organizations are leveraging these tools to develop processes for high-needs, high-utilizing individuals to reduce hospital emergency room visits and readmissions. Many of Oregon’s coordinated care organizations are already using PreManage to improve care coordination and there are new use cases that include long-term care, community paramedicine and crisis teams.

This is a great opportunity for those currently using EDIE or PreManage to interact with other subscribers of the programs. The event will also provide opportunity for professionals interested in getting started using PreManage to learn about what’s happening in Oregon and get technical assistance and support.

When:  Thursday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  DoubleTree – Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, OR 97232
Register today!

​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. OHA will co-sponsor this work, and will bring significant federal and state matching funding for qualifying initiatives under the HIT Commons. 

Specific opportunities of an effective HIT Commons include:

  • Establishing a neutral governance and decision-making process for investing in HIT efforts
  • Leveraging opportunities for shared funding of efforts with statewide impact
  • Coordinating efforts to enable a network of networks for health information exchange (HIE)
  • Facilitating access to high value data to improve efficiency and quality of care, including an initial focus on funding a statewide HIT Gateway subscription for efficiently connecting Oregon’s providers to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and
  • Supporting core infrastructure needed for care coordination and alternative payment models
To be effective, the HIT Commons must build and maintain a critical mass of health care providers, hospitals, CCOs and insurers in order to gain maximum value. We’ve seen the impact that Oregon can make when we have critical mass, including using EDIE and PreManage to reduce ED utilization for many Oregonians who have been high utilizers of ED services.  The HIT Commons will leverage the experience gained from the OHLC/OHA EDIE governance partnership model initially, with the intent to move to a more formal, independent legal and management structure as experience warrants. This has been referred to as a “crawl, walk, run” strategy to build on what has worked and provide flexibility for future effective execution of statewide health information technology efforts.
We look forward to working with Oregon health care stakeholders as we transition to launch the HIT Commons in 2018.  Thank you for your support of this effort.
~Greg Van Pelt, President, Oregon Health Leadership Council

~Susan Otter, Director of Health Information Technology, Oregon Health Authority



Save the Date!
July 25, 2017

Transforming Behavioral Health Care in Oregon through Information Technology Forum
Best Practices, Challenges and Lessons Learned

Learn how Reliance eHealth Collaborative (formerly Jefferson Health Information Exchange) and the Oregon Health Authority utilized Federal funding to establish Oregon as a national leader in advancing Behavioral Health Information Exchange. The work provides a model for others working to integrate behavioral health information, lessons learned, and best practices for future efforts. Topics include:

  • Overcoming legal and policy challenges
  • Developing and implementing a common consent model
  • Debuting an informed consent consumer education video
  • Using HIT/HIE to support value-based care within behavioral health settings
  • Connecting with other entities such as the Veteran’s Administration and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Hear about the state’s HIT strategies for behavioral health and lessons learned from behavioral and physical health providers about the benefits of information exchange to enhance the patient experience, facilitate care coordination and create a learning health system in which health information and data is foundational to improving treatment approaches.

Who Should Attend? 

  • Leadership, clinicians and information technology professionals at Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment provider organizations;
  • Primary care and emergency providers who need to access mental health and substance use treatment information for their patients;
  • Coordinated Care Organization behavioral health teams and care coordinators; and
  • Legal and Policy personnel who are responsible for managing the privacy and security of patient information under 42 CFR Part 2.

Mark your calendars!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR 97301

Learn more at at the forum web page. Preview the agenda-at-a-glance.

Support for the Behavioral Health Forum is provided by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services, Grant 90IX0007/01-00.


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