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 June 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 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.
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 on our Flat File Directory page.
Oregon Medicaid Meaningful Use Technical Assistance Program
The Oregon Medicaid Meaningful Use Technical Assistance
Program (OMMUTAP) was created by the Oregon Health Authority to help eligible
providers maximize their investments in electronic health records (EHRs), meet
federal Meaningful Use requirements, and assess and address EHR-related
security risks to their practice.
OHA contracted with OCHIN to provide this outreach and
technical assistance. Over the course of the Program, which ran from spring
2016 through spring 2019, 1,588 providers across 374 clinics participated.
Learn more about OMMUTAP here
CareAccord - Direct Secure Messaging
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 on this page.