Sections 1167-1173 of House Bill 2009 (2009) establish the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC). The HITOC will coordinate Oregon's public and private statewide efforts in electronic health records adoption and the eventual development of a statewide system for electronic health information exchange. The HITOC will help Oregon meet federal requirements so that providers may be eligible for millions of federal health information technology stimulus dollars. The HITOC takes over previous efforts of the Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee (HIIAC) and the Health Information Security & Privacy Collaborative (HISPC). The Council is responsible for:
- Setting specific goals for the state related to health information technology (HIT) utilization, and developing a strategic plan to meet these goals;
- Monitoring statewide progress in achieving these goals and providing oversight for the implementation of the strategic plan;
- Maximizing the distribution of HIT resources across the state;
- Creating and overseeing a public-private purchasing collaborative to help providers identify high-quality electronic health record products and support services and obtain more affordable rates for these products and services. This collaborative would include primary care providers, practices serving a large percent of Oregon Health Plan patients, and small and rural practices;
- Identifying and selecting industry standards for HIT products and services promoted by the purchasing collaborative;
- Developing strategies to leverage community resources to further expand HIT adoption;
- Educating the public and providers about the risks and benefits of HIT investments;
- Coordinating health care sector activities that promote adoption of HIT and achieve HIT interoperability;
- Supporting and overseeing the implementation of a personal health records bank for Oregon Health Plan recipients and assessing its potential to serve as a building block for a statewide health information exchange, ensuring that patients’ health information is available and accessible, that the exchange would apply only to patients who choose to participate, and providing meaningful remedies if security or privacy policies are violated;
- Determining a fair and appropriate method for reimbursing providers who utilize HIT; and
- Exploring the option of establishing an HIT loan program and possibly implementing such a program.
The Council will be comprised of eleven voting members appointed by the Governor, representing the public and private sectors, reflecting the geographic diversity of Oregon, and including health care consumers, providers, and privacy and information technology experts.