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Health Information Technology 101

On September 16th, our friends at the Center for Health Improvement convened a forum that addressed an overview of federal Health Information Technology (HIT) policy, its relationship to broader federal health reform efforts, and the recent meaningful use (MU) final rules issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.


Speakers included:
• Sajid Ahmed, Director of Strategy and HIT, HITEC-LA
• Jonah Frohlich, MPH, Deputy Secretary for HIT, California HHS
• Sam Karp, Vice President of Programs, California HealthCare Foundation, and co-chair of the Enrollment Workgroup of the Policy & Standards Committees of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for HIT
• David Lansky, PhD, President & CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health, and member of the Privacy & Security Tiger Team, ONC

Their discussion focused on two key components related to implementation:
(1) the regional extension centers (RECs) that are responsible for helping clinicians adopt, implement, and manage electronic health record (EHR) systems, and
(2) the new health information exchange (HIE) for California (Cal eConnect), which will establish the parameters for appropriate, secure, and efficient exchange of electronic health information.

The forum, held in the State Capitol Building, also included a description of California’s latest HIT efforts and new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), as specified in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

Throw some popcorn in the micro and check out this HIT 10 forum.