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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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​OHA is pleased to announce that Reliance eHealth Collaborative was selected to provide onboarding services for the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program. The HIE Onboarding Program will provide financial support for certain initial costs of connecting (onboarding) priority Medicaid providers to a community-based HIE that provides meaningful HIE opportunities and that plays a vital role for Medicaid in that community. The Program will be funded by 90 percent federal funds and 10 percent state funds.


The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is seeking qualified candidates to fill vacancies on its Provider Directory Advisory Committee (PDAC) and Provider Directory Subject Matter Expert Workgroups (PD-SME). The groups consist of diverse health care professionals with backgrounds in provider data/directories and represent project stakeholders. Each group plays a unique role in providing OHA expertise and guidance on policy, program, and technical considerations for the design and implementation of Oregon’s Provider Directory. Both groups began meeting in Spring 2017.

This is a two-year commitment. Technology vendors are not eligible to serve on the advisory groups.

If you are interested in helping inform this work, please fill out the combined PDAC and PD-SME application and indicate your interest in serving on one or both advisory groups. Applications must be completed and submitted to no later than November 30, 2017.

Additional details on each group and the members' role are outlined in the formal application. For both groups, we need stakeholders who represent the following organizations:
  • Behavioral Health
  • Hospitals (for PD-SME)
  • Health Information Exchanges
  • Dental
  • Clinics and Providers
  • Independent Physician Associations
  • Long-term Care
If you are interested in staying connected to the work on the Provider Directory, sign-up for our listserv.
Download the combined PDAC and PD-SME application.

​Oregon’s HIT efforts are guided by overarching priorities of OHA and the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) within a constantly shifting health care environment. OHPB’s Action Plan for Health, created in 2010 and refreshed in 2017,  sets a clear direction  for advancing health in Oregon, and HIT plays a critical role in several key  initiatives, including expanding the coordinated care model, integrating physical, behavioral and oral health, and moving upstream to address the social determinants of health. HIT is also an important enabler to broader health system transformation efforts, including improving health outcomes, lowering costs, and addressing health inequities across different populations and regions.

The Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) has completed the update to the Oregon Health Information Technology Strategic Plan. The plan sets the vision and strategic direction to advance the adoption and use of health IT in Oregon. This plan updates the 2014-2017 plan that has guided work to date.
Download Oregon’s Strategic Plan for Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange (2017-2020). Highlights include:
  • Progress in spreading health information exchange through HIE efforts, health care organizations investments, vendor-led networks and national approaches;
  • Planned work to address regional HIT and HIE gaps;
  • New opportunities for public/private partnerships; and
  • Oregon Health Information Technology Program’s work and key results.

​In September 2017, the Oregon Health Leadership Council (OHLC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released the Health Information Technology (HIT) “Commons” Business Plan that will guide the creation of a public/private HIT governance partnership for Oregon. Leveraging current efforts, the HIT Commons is intended to help connect existing HIT systems, support statewide solutions, and to guide future investments that support advancing health IT across Oregon.

This business plan is the result of collaborative work among OHLC, OHA and many stakeholders and has been accepted by OHA and the OHLC board. Staff have been directed to take the necessary steps to put a HIT Commons transition governance structure in place and begin this important work going forward.

Starting in 2018, the HIT Commons will assume governance of the Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) along with other priority statewide HIT initiatives, with the express purpose of accelerating and advancing OHA’s vision of an HIT optimized health care delivery system in Oregon. OHA will co-sponsor this work, and will bring significant federal and state matching funding for qualifying initiatives under the HIT Commons. 

Specific opportunities of an effective HIT Commons include:

  • Establishing a neutral governance and decision-making process for investing in HIT efforts
  • Leveraging opportunities for shared funding of efforts with statewide impact
  • Coordinating efforts to enable a network of networks for health information exchange (HIE)
  • Facilitating access to high value data to improve efficiency and quality of care, including an initial focus on funding a statewide HIT Gateway subscription for efficiently connecting Oregon’s providers to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and
  • Supporting core infrastructure needed for care coordination and alternative payment models
To be effective, the HIT Commons must build and maintain a critical mass of health care providers, hospitals, CCOs and insurers in order to gain maximum value. We’ve seen the impact that Oregon can make when we have critical mass, including using EDIE and PreManage to reduce ED utilization for many Oregonians who have been high utilizers of ED services.  The HIT Commons will leverage the experience gained from the OHLC/OHA EDIE governance partnership model initially, with the intent to move to a more formal, independent legal and management structure as experience warrants. This has been referred to as a “crawl, walk, run” strategy to build on what has worked and provide flexibility for future effective execution of statewide health information technology efforts.
We look forward to working with Oregon health care stakeholders as we transition to launch the HIT Commons in 2018.  Thank you for your support of this effort.
~Greg Van Pelt, President, Oregon Health Leadership Council

~Susan Otter, Director of Health Information Technology, Oregon Health Authority



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