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Oregon is transforming health care delivery to improve health outcomes and quality of care while reducing costs for all Oregonians. Health information technology is essential to these efforts. Timely access to health information allows for improved communications, coordination and efficiencies across care settings. Health information technology supports patient-centered care, ensuring that the right health information is available to health systems, providers and patients at the right time and place.

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​The House Bill (HB) 4150 Final Report: Supporting Statewide CIE was submitted to the legislature on January 31, 2023, meeting the required deadline. The Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) chartered the CIE Workgroup, as required by HB 4150 (2022), to provide recommendations on strategies to accelerate, support, and improve statewide CIE in Oregon. The report reflects the CIE Workgroup's recommendations, perspectives from community-based organization (CBO) interviews and survey responses, and HITOC comment.

Main findings and recommendations from the Report include:

  1. CIE requires sustainable investment in systems change, as well as building trust and relationships to achieve the intended value.
  2. Support for CBOs is paramount, as they are a priority partner and must also be at the table in decision making.
  3. CIE should promote equity and accessibility and be person-centered. Ensuring health equity across CIE efforts necessitates prioritizing culturally and linguistically specific organizations.
  4. Inclusive and neutral statewide governance is needed and must be responsive to CBO and community needs.
  5. Privacy and security of data must be prioritized, as must transparency and accountability about data.

The recommendations were strongly aligned to move statewide CIE efforts forward in support of health equity and improved service coordination. The critical next steps to accomplish this are financial investment for participants, particularly CBOs, and statewide governance.

Find the final report, executive summary, and other information on OHA's CIE website.

The Workgroup met monthly March through November 2022 to develop the report and has concluded meeting. Recommendations will inform HITOC's strategic plan and may inform legislation in Oregon's 2023 session. For questions regarding the report please contact Hope Peskin-Shepherd, CIE Lead Policy Analyst, at ​

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