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Electronic health records and the secure exchange of health information are critical tools in the coordination of care for better health, better costs and lower costs.

Health Information Exchange in Oregon

Health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers to securely share a patient's medical information electronically — reducing the need for patients to transport or relay their medical history, lab results, images or prescriptions between health professionals. Instead, this information is shared between health care professionals before the patient arrives for an appointment or goes to the pharmacy. HIE can also reduce orders for duplicate procedures or tests because information is available where and when it is needed, as well as enabling smoother transitions of care because providers, hospitals and long term care facilities can more easily share information.

Oregon's approach to exchanging health information is based on efforts already underway in local communities. Oregon's Strategic and Operational Plans for HIE outline the phased approach to build on and connect community efforts. Statewide services will start with Direct Secure Messaging to help providers share data and meet the meaningful use requirements as defined through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Oregon's strategy emphasizes the widespread use of Direct Secure Messaging, with the development of additional services continuing in 2012.

Oregon's other HIE goals include:

  • Promoting adoption of EHRs, particularly in underserved areas;
  • Ensuring the security and privacy of data exchange;
  • Educating consumers about how health IT and electronic health information exchange can be used to improve health and lower the cost of health care.

Meaningful Use - Requirements