The HIE Workgroup is chartered to provide recommendations to the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) and OHA on strategies to accelerate, support, and improve HIE across Oregon. Recommendations should reflect perspectives from all interested parties and partners, specifically including those serving communities who face health inequities. The HIE Workgroup recommendations will inform HITOC's Health Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan for Oregon and other OHA efforts.
See the goals and full scope in the HIE Workgroup Charter.
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Oregon has made significant strides as a state in digitizing health care information and adopting electronic health records (EHRs) to capture and share electronically health information relevant to patient care. An important downstream effort enabled by this accomplishment is the facilitation of information sharing between these EHRs and other electronic systems to ensure that the “right information is available to the right end user at the right moment"—which often occurs at the point of care.
As OHA seeks to eliminate health inequities due to structural racism and other factors, having accurate information at the point of care enables providers to give the best possible, culturally appropriate care and target interventions for Oregon's most vulnerable populations.
Significant efforts to promote HIE have already occurred in Oregon. However, there are still many urgent needs to coordinate care and connect across sectors and systems that rely in part on improved HIE statewide, including more robust clinical data exchange at the individual and population levels. Behavioral health, oral health, post-acute care, and other sites of care do not have equitable access to robust EHRs. There are gaps in data flowing between the health care system and public health, human services such as child welfare, justice/corrections systems, county efforts, and others. Addressing such gaps would be valuable to providers as they continue to drive more whole-person care strategies with the patients they serve.
The HIE Workgroup has been tasked by HITOC to assist them and OHA with developing strategies and recommendations to accelerate, support, and improve HIE across Oregon as part of Oregon's larger Health IT Strategic Plan. With input from HITOC the Workgroup organized these recommendations into five concept papers, each focusing on a different topic related to HIE. This Summary recaps the recommendations across all of the concept papers.
The latest version of each concept paper is available below. As HITOC reviews these papers, their feedback will be incorporated, and the updated papers will be posted here.
HIE Workgroup Charter (approved April 2022)
HIE Workgroup Member Roster (approved April 2022)
Monthly meetings began May 2022 and will run at least through August 2023.
- All meetings will be available virtually.
- Meetings will be open to the public and will include opportunities for public comment. Meeting materials and recordings will be posted on this website.