Call for Applications
The Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) is seeking members for a new chartered HIE Workgroup to recommend strategies to accelerate, support, and improve health information exchange (HIE) across the state. OHA's HITOC needs to hear from individuals and organizations from across the state that are impacted by HIE to identify how to better support and facilitate HIE in Oregon. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to help advance health equity in Oregon through health information technology (IT). Monthly meetings will begin in spring 2022 and will run through the end of the year.
Applications are open now through February 18, 2022.
To apply, complete this application and submit via email to HITOC.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HIE Workgroup is chartered to provide recommendations to HITOC and OHA on strategies to accelerate, support, and improve HIE across the state. Recommendations should reflect perspectives from all interested parties and partners, specifically including those serving communities who face health inequities. The HIE Workgroup recommendations will inform HITOC's Health Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan for Oregon and other OHA efforts.
See the goals and full scope in the draft HIE Workgroup Draft Charter.
For more information on HIE please see the HIE Overview.
Oregon has made significant strides as a state in digitizing health care information and adopting electronic health records (EHRs) to capture and share electronically health information relevant to patient care. An important downstream effort enabled by this accomplishment is the facilitation of information sharing between these EHRs and other electronic systems to ensure that the “right information is available to the right end user at the right moment"—which often occurs at the point of care.
As OHA seeks to eliminate health inequities due to structural racism and other factors, having accurate information at the point of care enables providers to give the best possible, culturally appropriate care and target interventions for Oregon's most vulnerable populations.
Significant efforts to promote HIE have already occurred in Oregon. However, there are still many urgent needs to coordinate care and connect across sectors and systems that rely in part on improved HIE statewide, including more robust clinical data exchange at the individual and population levels. Behavioral health, oral health, post-acute care, and other sites of care do not have equitable access to robust EHRs. There are gaps in data flowing between the health care system and public health, human services such as child welfare, justice/corrections systems, county efforts, and others. Addressing such gaps would be valuable to providers as they continue to drive more whole-person care strategies with the patients they serve.
HIE Workgroup Charter (draft January 2022)
Monthly meetings will begin in spring 2022 and will run through the end of the year.
- All meetings will be available virtually.
- Meetings will be open to the public and will include opportunities for public comment. Meeting materials and recordings will be posted on the OHA HIE Workgroup website.
Members are expected to review materials ahead of the meeting and come prepared to discuss and participate.