July 20, 11-12PM PDT
State governments are playing a key role in the development of a nationwide health information network. With the goal of improving the quality of care and increasing efficiency, states are teaming up with federal agencies to engage physicians, hospitals and consumers to increase the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and to create health information exchanges (HIEs) to share data. But before they can achieve the potential benefits, states must overcome hurdles involving financial sustainability, governance, and the privacy and security of patient data.
Suddenly responsible for administering millions of dollars in grants, state health IT officials are now gearing up to oversee HIE funding and governance, Medicaid incentive programs, health IT training initiatives, portals that make information about health insurance exchanges accessible, and regional extension centers (RECs) responsible for helping physicians adopt EHRs. State health IT leaders are energized by the huge increase in federal funding, but they also are challenged to establish a wide array of new government programs in a very short time frame.
Join GOVERNING on Tuesday, July 20 to discuss the challenges facing state governments, and hear from state health officials who have been working to overcome them.
This forum will:
State-Level HIE Consensus Project
New York State Department of Health
Office of Health Information Technology Transformation
Tod Newcombe (moderator)