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Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup

Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup

In 2017, the Office of Health Information Technology conducted a Behavioral Health HIT Scan to gain a better understanding of the HIT/HIE landscape among behavioral health organizations, including their adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE). In 2018, HITOC chartered the Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup to prioritize the recommendations identified in the Behavioral Health HIT Scan report.

OHA staff and Workgroup members presented its work to HITOC in December 2018. The Workgroup’s Report supports OHA’s current efforts and provides additional recommended actions. The work informs HITOC about the behavioral health system’s ongoing foundational needs. The Workgroup will continue meeting in 2019 to further develop its recommendations and inform OHA’s HIT/HIE efforts impacting behavioral health.


Workgroup Charter

Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup Charter (last updated September 2018)


Vanessa Heckman, Director of Information Technology at Morrison Child and Family Services
Kacy Burgess, Clinical Information Systems Analyst at Deschutes County Health Services
Jeremiah Elliott, Senior Administrative Services Manager at Marion County Health & Human Services
Ashley Furrer, Behavioral Health Data Analyst at PeaceHealth Medical Group
Denise Olson, Treatment Services Supervisor at Josephine County Community Corrections
Craig Rusch, CIO at Albertina Kerr
Steve Sanden, Executive Director at Bay Area First Step
Shelly Uhrig, COO at Options For Southern Oregon, Inc.
Juliana Wallace, Director, Unity Services at Unity Center for Behavioral Health
Jill Whiteford, Director of Quality and Program Evaluation at Catholic Charities of Oregon

Staff contact

Jessi Wilson, Meaningful Use Program Manager:

Next Meeting

2020 Meetings

2019 Meetings

2018 Meetings

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