NH Strategic and Operational Plan
This plan represents the result of an intensive four month collaborative planning effort by DHHS and its Stakeholder Representatives participating in the multi-stakeholder workgroups: Governance, Finance, Technical Infrastructure, Business & Technical Operations, Legal & Policy, Public Health and Communication. Strategic and Operational Plan.
The NHHIO By-Laws
These By-Laws are adopted by Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Health Information Organization Corporation pursuant to the authority granted in the legislative corporate charter of the Corporation, codified at New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (“RSA”) § 332-I:10, V, and shall govern the proceedings and actions of the Corporation and the Board.
Current NH Law places restrictions on the types of transactions that can be conducted by a collaborative HIE entity. This law currently prohibits many information transactions that have been identified by stakeholder representatives as having high value.
DHHS/OHIT State Census of Clinical Labs - The University of New Hampshire Survey Center conducted a State Census of Clinical Labs for the New Hampshire Deparment of Health and Human Services. The UNH Survey Center attempted to survey sixty six (66) New Hampshire clinical labs by web and mail between December 17, 2012 and January 25, 2013.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
New Hampshire Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program - The New Hampshire Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program will provide incentive payments to Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals as they demonstrate adoption, implementation, upgrade, or meaningful use of certified EHR technology. This incentive program is designed to support providers during this period of health information technology transition and instill the use of EHRs in meaningful ways to help our nation improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient health care.
Vermont - has developed a state-level organization called Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) that is focusing on increasing HIT adoption and is implementing a state-wide HIE to support Vermont's Blueprint for Health. VITL has developed a resource center to assist clinicians with HIT adoption. The Legislature recently instituted a tax on health insurance claims to fund their efforts over the next five years.
Maine - has developed an HIE entity called HealthInfoNet. HealthInfoNet is working collaboratively with providers, employers, consumers, and the state. Maine has chosen a repository model for their HIE. They receive minimal state funding and are primarily funded via grant monies and provider support.
Massachusetts - In October of 2012, Massachusetts launched a statewide electronic health information exchange called The Massachusetts Health Information Highway (The Mass HIway). The Mass HIway is not a clinical data repository, and instead offers doctors' offices, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, skiled nursing facilities and other healthcare organizations a way to securely and seamlessly transmit vital data electronically. The goal as a healthcare community is to improve the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care in Massachusetts.
NEHEN - The New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN) is a consortium of regional payers and providers that has designed and implemented a secure and innovative health information exchange with the intent of reducing administrative costs and improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care.
Rhode Island - has developed an HIE via their Department of Public Health for clinical information sharing within their provider community. It has been accomplished with state funding and is managed jointly between the DPH and the RI Quality Institute.
Health Information Exchange and Behavioral Health - What Is It and How Is It Useful?
Health Information Exchange (HIE) refers to the secure and timely sharing of electronic health data across the boundaries of health care institutions.
Increased communication between behavioral health and physical health care teams may help reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses, and enable greater care coordination to more comprehensively manage the behavioral and physical health needs of the patient. Access to an individual’s information helps the behavioral health care team gain a "whole picture" of the patient's health and better prepare for a fully engaging dialogue at each encounter, and can help care teams beter understand potential barriers to medication and treatment adherence and/or more appropriately prescribed controlled substances.
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