Health Information Management

New guide available to help states implement HITECH Act

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 18, 2009

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On August 4, the National Governors Association (NGA)—a bipartisan organization of the nation's governors—released a guide to help states achieve health information exchange (HIE). The guide, titled "Preparing to implement HITECH: A state guide for electronic health information exchange" includes several recommendations related to the following:

  • Preparing or updating the state plan for HIE adoption
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Establishing a state leadership office to manage the different phases of HIE implementation
  • Preparing state agencies to participate; implementing privacy strategies and reforms
  • Determining the HIE business model
  • Creating a communications strategy
  • Establishing opportunities for health IT training and education

Click here to view the press release about the guide.



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