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Programs and Initiatives

The Office of Health IT supports and manages many programs and initiatives. Learn more about each below. Current programs and initiative include HIE onboarding program, Oregon Provider Directory, Medicaid EHR incentive program, and Community Information Exchange. 

Initiatives

The Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) works to leverage local efforts already underway and connect to existing HIT resources when possible. In areas where there are gaps, OHIT supports the development of new HIT services. These new services will help health care organizations better coordinate and manage care.

Community Information Exchange

Community information exchange (CIE) is a network of healthcare and human/social service partners using a technology platform with functions such as a shared resource directory, “closed loop” referrals, reporting, social needs screening, and other features to electronically connect people to social services and supports. Learn more about CIE in Oregon.

Federal Interoperability Final Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released two health IT final rules requiring implementation of new interoperability policies in 2020. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule focuses on patient access to electronic health information (EHI) and interoperability among providers, payers and patients. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) Final Rule focuses on health IT certification, which applies to health IT developers; and policy guidance on what does not constitute information blocking, which applies to healthcare providers, health IT developers, and health information exchanges/networks.

Learn more about federal interoperability rules. Programs

The Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) manages programs that support the adoption of electronic health records, the secure exchange of information and the achievement of meaningful use. When possible, OHIT partners on existing efforts already underway to increase the use of health information technology to improve health and health care in Oregon.

Health Information Exchange Onboarding Program

The Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program is designed to support care coordination by advancing the exchange of information across Oregon’s Medicaid provider network. OHA has contracted with Reliance eHealth Collaborative for this Program. Priority Medicaid providers include behavioral health, oral health, critical physical health and others. The Program leverages 90 percent federal funding to support the initial costs of connecting (onboarding) priority Medicaid providers to community-based HIEs. Later phases of the Program may include the onboarding of long-term services and supports, social services, as well as other providers. Participation in the Program is completely voluntary. The Program will run through September 2021.

Learn more about the HIE Onboarding Program

HIT Commons - A public/private partnership

Launched in January 2018, HIT Commons is a public/private partnership designed to accelerate and advance health information technology adoption and use across the state, leverage public and private investments, and expand access to high value data sources (see EDIE and PDMP Integration initiatives). HIT Commons is co-sponsored by the Oregon Health Leadership Council (OHLC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and is jointly funded by OHA, hospitals, and health plans.

You can learn more on the HIT Commons website.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Integration Initiative

Through the HIT Commons, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Health Leadership Council and Appriss Health launched the statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Integration initiative. For the first time, authorized Oregon prescribers and pharmacists can have one-click access to PDMP data within their own electronic workflow. This initiative aligns with broader state and federal efforts to increase the use of PDMPs to reduce inappropriate prescriptions, improve patient outcomes, and promote more informed prescribing practices. 

You can learn more about the initiative on the HIT Commons PDMP page.

Emergency Department Information Exchange

The Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) provides real time notifications that allow Emergency Departments (ED) physicians to identify patients with complex care needs who frequently use the emergency room. EDIE brings to the attention of the attending ED physician, critical information related to alerts and care recommendations from the patients’ own health care team for better informed care. All hospitals in Oregon have adopted EDIE and ED physicians report finding significant value in receiving these notifications.

You can learn more about on the HIT Commons EDIE page.

PreManage

PreManage expands the notifications of ED utilization and inpatient admissions to other users such as health plans, Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), and physical, behavioral and dental clinics. The result is improved communication and information sharing between hospitals, providers and health plans to provide higher quality care to patients, identify patients at risk for hospital readmission, reduce burdensome duplication of tests, and ultimately reduce reliance on costly EDs through better cross organizational coordination of care.

You can learn more about on the HIT Commons PreManage page.

Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

The Medicaid Electronic Health Care Record (EHR) Incentive Program provides incentive payments to eligible health care providers and hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology Hospitals and eligible health care providers who serve Oregon's Medicaid individuals and families can register and apply for federal funds to help support the implementation and use of certified electronic health record systems in their clinics. The program helps hospitals and providers make the switch to secure EHR systems and helps to facilitate better coordination of care.

Learn more on the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program page.

Oregon Provider Directory 

OHA ended the Oregon Provider Directory (OPD) effective June 30, 2021. You can learn more about the program and why it was ended at the OPD website.  

Clinical Quality Metrics Registry

After careful consideration, in light of changing national standards, we have decided to suspend the CQMR service. The CQMR has been a core component of OHA's efforts to ensure quality in the Medicaid program while supporting value-based payment and addressing provider burden. Specifically, the CQMR was intended to provide a streamlined solution for reporting, delivering efficiencies in data collection and reducing reporting burdens by leveraging national standards. the CQMR was used to collect electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and CCO quality incentive metrics program. Providers also had the option to use to CQMR for report eCQMs to CMS for the CPC+ and MIPS programs. OHA remains committed to the goals of collecting robust clinical data on outcomes measures to support health system transformation.

Learn more about the CQMR.

Flat File Directory

The Flat File Directory (FFD) services ended in August 2021.

Learn more on our Flat File Directory page.



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