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.
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.
Learn more about the CQMR.
Download the Clinical Quality Metrics Registry overview.
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.