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Advisory Groups

Stakeholder Committees and Workgroups

Stakeholder engagement is essential for informing the state's health IT and health information exchange efforts. The following groups bring together individuals with unique knowledge and skills to help guide and inform our work.

Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC)

The Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) is tasked with setting goals and developing a strategic health information technology (HIT) plan for the state, as well as monitoring progress in achieving those goals and providing oversight for the implementation of the plan. The Council, in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority,

  • Monitors and evaluates the shifting health information technology environment;
  • Makes policy and strategy recommendations;
  • Convenes committees as needed to collect and share information.

Council members are appointed by the Oregon Health Policy Board. They represent consumer and business perspectives, public and private sectors, and the geographic and demographic differences of Oregon's health care providers and the patients they serve.

HITOC builds on the past work of the Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee and the Health Information Security & Privacy Collaborative. HITOC is supported by the Office of Health Information Technology at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Visit the HITOC web page for a list of Council members, meeting schedules and materials.

Health IT and Health Information Exchange Community and Organizational Panel (HCOP)

The Health IT and Health Information Exchange Community and Organizational Panel (HCOP) is a workgroup formed by the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC). HCOP's role is to:

  • Facilitate communication and coordination among health information exchanges (HIEs), coordinated care organizations (CCOs), and other healthcare organizations
    • Identify and share best practices;
    • Identify common barriers to HIT and HIE implementation progress; and
    • Identify opportunities for collaboration amongst entities implementing and operating HIT and HIE.
  • Provide strategic input to HITOC and OHA regarding ongoing HIT and HIE strategy, policy, and implementation efforts

The Panel is comprised of representatives from a variety of organizations across Oregon that are actively engaged in implementing or operating HIT and HIE programs.

Visit the HCOP web page for a list of members, meeting schedules and materials.

Network of Networks Technical Definitions Group

The Network of Networks Technical Definitions Group is a workgroup formed by the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC). 

The Network of Networks Technical Definitions Group includes members of the HCOP and additional stakeholders, and began meeting in late summer 2018. It is advising OHA staff in developing foundational concepts and definitions around achieving statewide health information sharing across different networks, informed by Oregon’s HIE environment. It will also provide ongoing technical advice.

Visit the Network of Networks Technical Definitions group web page for a list of members, meeting schedules and materials.

Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup

The Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup is a workgroup formed by the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC).The workgroup was chartered in 2018 to prioritize recommendations for improving HIT access/use for Behavioral Health providers, and to advise HITOC and OHA staff in developing approaches to address barriers and challenges.

Visit the Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup web page for a list of members, meeting schedules and materials.

Health Information Technology Advisory Group (HITAG)

The Health Information Technology Advisory Group (HITAG) provides input to OHA about Coordinated Care Organizations' (CCO) health information technology needs and efforts and informs OHA's work on the Oregon Health Information Technology Program. Each CCO is invited to send a representative to HITAG. 

OHA works with HITAG to:

  • Gather input on ongoing health IT efforts so that OHA’s work supports and aligns with CCOs’ efforts and provides some accountability back to CCOs
  • Raise awareness of OHA’s health IT efforts and progress to inform CCOs as they plan their own technology efforts
  • Identify challenges and opportunities from CCO perspectives to inform OHA’s planning for health IT efforts
  • Provide a forum for CCOs to learn from each other and from presenters sharing information of value to CCOs

Visit the HITAG webpage to see additional background, as well as the group's charter and roster.

Provider Directory Advisory Committee (PDAC)

The Provider Directory Advisory Committee was convened to provide the Oregon Health Authority subject matter guidance on the development of provider directory services. Provider directory services will allow healthcare entities access to a statewide directory of healthcare provider and practice setting information. The work will seek to leverage data existing in current provider databases and add critical new information and functions.

PDAC is comprised of external stakeholders representing a wide range of roles and affiliations within the health information technology arena. PDAC builds on the past work from the Provider Directory Workgroup.

Visit the Provider Directory Advisory Committee for a list of advisory group members, meeting schedules and materials.

Clinical Quality Metrics Registry Subject Matter Expert Workgroup

The Clinical Quality Metrics Registry Subject Matter Expert Workgroup (CQMR SME WG) provides OHA expertise and input on program and technical considerations in implementation of Oregon’s CQMR. CQMR SMEs include those who manage and work with clinical quality measure data, collection, and reporting for CCO incentive measures and clinical quality measures for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. 

Visit the CQMR SME Workgroup web page for a list of advisory group members, meeting schedules and materials.

Advisory Committee on Physician Credentialing Information

Established by House Bill 2144 (1999), the Advisory Committee on Physician Credentialing Information (ACPCI) develops the uniform applications used by hospitals and health plans to credential and recredential practitioners within the State of Oregon.

Learn more on their website.

Common Credentialing Advisory Group

The Common Credentialing Advisory Group (CCAG) was established by Senate Bill 604 (2013). SB 604 required OHA to establish a program and database that provides credentialing organizations access to information necessary to credential all health care practitioners in Oregon.

The Oregon Common Credentialing Program was suspended effective July 25, 2018. You can learn more about the program and why it was suspended at its website.

CCAG met as planned on August 1, 2018 and has since gone on hiatus.

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