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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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 30, 2017.
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.
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:
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