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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

All authorized Oregon prescribers and pharmacists can have one-click access to PDMP data within their own electronic workflow. HIT Commons, a public/private partnership co-sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health Leadership Council, has launched the statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Integration initiative. 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.

Oregon Health Authority has joined Oregon Health Leadership Council and Appriss Health to launch 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.

Currently, Oregon prescribers and pharmacists must log in to separate systems to query patient PDMP information, which takes important time away from patient care. Integration simplifies the patient query process by making PDMP data directly available to prescribers and pharmacists in their daily workflow. This point-of-care integration increases the ease of access to and use of PDMP information for making critical clinical decisions, including the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances, as well as patient care and safety.

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.

Flat File Directory

Administered by the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), the Flat File Directory is Oregon's combined address book for Direct secure messages. The directory allows participants throughout Oregon to find or "discover" Direct addresses outside their own organizations.

Learn more at Flat File Directory.

Oregon Medicaid Meaningful Use Technical Assistance Program

The Oregon Health Authority launched the Oregon Medicaid Meaningful Use Technical Assistance Program (OMMUTAP) in spring 2016. The program was created to help eligible providers adopt and use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and achieve Meaningful Use.

OHA has contracted with OCHIN to provide outreach and technical assistance to eligible providers through the program. OMMUTAP was developed with input from Oregon’s coordinated care organizations to ensure services meet regional network needs.

Learn more about OMMUTAP

CareAccord - Direct Secure Messaging

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) ended CareAccord and its Direct secure messaging services effective March 31, 2018. The Flat File Directory service, administered through CareAccord, is still operating. You can find more information about the Flat File Directory here.

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