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United States Official ARRA Website:

HIMSS ARRA Resources:
The national HIMSS website offers a variety of webinars, information and resources; some limited to members only, and some require a fee to attend or purchase.

ARRA Analysis

ARRA Frequently Asked Questions

HIMSS HIE Common Practices Survey White Paper

HIMSS09 Sessions on ARRA

Summary of ARRA

HIMSS HIE Resources:
The national HIMSS website offers a variety of webinars, information and resources; some limited to members only, and some require a fee to attend or purchase.

A monthly e-newsletter subscription focused on RHIO and HIE initiatives.
• May 2009 Issue: http://www.himss.org/HIMSS_HIElights/HIMSSHIElights.asp?date=200905

RHIO/HIE Industry References:
A compendium of general HIE information and links to organizations that support the implementation of health information exchange entities.

RHIO/HIE Educational Tools:
HIMSS educational references and resources.

HIE-Focused Organizations:
Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE): Over 200 member organizations, comprised of professional and trade associations, vendors, research, standards, providers and focused on improving interoperability between health systems. IHE Sponsors the Connectathon, where vendors utilize test systems and scripts to demonstrate interoperability.

Connecting for Health:
Markle Foundation public/private partnership that provides technical and governance tools for HIE networks.

eHealth Initiative (eHI):
Not-for-profit organization whose mission is to drive the quality, safety and efficiency of health care through information and information technology. The eHI Blueprint provides a foundation for achieving multi-stakeholder vision and consensus.

HIE e-Newsletters:
These newsletters offer additional insights on Health Information Exchange.

Updates and information on the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) and HIE’s.

Daily news digest reporting on technology's impact on health care; published by the Advisory Board of the California Healthcare Foundation.

eHealth Smartbrief:
A 3-times-a-week publication of eHealth Intiative

Georgia Agencies:
Department of Community Health (DCH):
Created in 1999 to serve as the lead agency for health purchasing and planning in GA. DCH oversees for Medicaid, PeachCare and the Office of Health Information Transformation and Transparency. DCH has been designated as the state agency responsible for managing state ARRA funds.

DCH ARRA Stimulus Funding:
Information relevant to DCH’s ARRA initiatives and timeline

GA Health Information eConnections:
Presentation given by DCH Commissioner Dr. Rhonda Meadows on May 14, 2009 at a joint GA HIMSS, TAG Health and GHIE meeting.

Georgia – HIE Update
The GA Department of Community Health has provided grant funding for HIE initiatives to: Chatham County Safety Net Provider Council, Washington County Regional Hospital, and East Georgia Healthcare. Grantees provide periodic status reporting to DCH.

Chatham County Safety Net Provider Council HIE Update: a multi-stakeholder, community initiative focused on maximizing access and utilization of health services to improve health status in the community.
  • http://www.chathamsafetynet.org/about/about-safetynet/
  • August Update:
    • Due diligence for selected vendor – reference calls, negotiation options, workflow analysis
    • Selected vendor performing site analysis
    • Target contract date: September 2009
    • Target pilot project “go live”: December 2009
    • Pilot project shares FQHC patient records with hospital ED; hospital ED messages back with data from ED visit
    • Begins the creation of a community EMPI

St. Joseph’s of East Georgia: a 25-bed acute care critical access hospital located in the Lake Oconee area of East Georgia
  • http://saintjosephseast.org/index.html
  • August Update:
    • Additional project in partnership with the Governor’s Office – Low cost health insurance and the Role of an EMR system
    • Vendor selected and configuration setup and testing in process
    • Basic EMR, Dental, and Reporting capabilities
    • Go live on Practice Management in August, EMR in September
    • Reviews begin in October
Washington County Regional Medical Center: a 56-bed acute care hospital serving providing rural community healthcare services to over 20,000 residents. WCRMC also offers rehab, nursing home sub-acute care, and outpatient services.
  • http://wcrmc.com/index.html
  • August Update:
    • Facing challenges of hospital restructuring and 4 new CEO’s since February 2008
    • Narrowed EMR vendor choices to 2 vendors
    • Anticipate beginning Phase 1 Implementation in October 2009
Central Georgia Health Exchange (Macon, GA): A partnership between over 450 local physicians and The Medical Center of Central Georgia with an emphasis on ensuring the highest quality of care for patients in the Central Georgia area and making improvements as needed. The vendor for the Health Exchange and the majority of electronic medical records in the doctors’ offices is eClinicalWorks™.
Federal Agencies and Advisory Committees:
Office of the National Coordinator (ONC):
The principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts related to the implementation and use of electronic health information exchange.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):
Focused on clinical quality and effectiveness programs and research, webinars and podcasts.

Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP):
A public-private partnership with broad participation across more than 300 health related organizations, to identify and harmonize data and technical standards for healthcare.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):
Partners with ONC and the health IT industry to develop standards, tests, tools, and prototypes to advance the use of information technologies in health care systems and achieve an interconnected electronic health information infrastructure; consults with emerging health IT certification bodies (e.g. CCHIT) to help move them toward the implementation and accreditation to ISO standards for certification bodies.

Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN):
A nation-wide infrastructure to facilitate the connection among healthcare stakeholders.

Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT):
Not a government agency, but a private not-for-profit certification organization composed of workgroups that develop criteria and test scripts for health IT – including Ambulatory EHR, Inpatient EHR, HIE’s, PHR’s and ePrescribing.

Government Accountability Office Reports:
This report may be of interest to health information exchange organizations or to providers who have implemented or are planning to implement health information technologies, such as electronic health records, and have concerns regarding their abilities to effectively protect electronic personal health information. The GAO study included results of the analysis of information provided by seven state-level RHIOS, federal health care agencies (DOD, VA, IHS), a telehealth organization, and a community health center.

Health Information Technology: Early Efforts Initiated but Comprehensive Privacy Approach Needed for National Strategy (2007).

Other GAO reports related to HHS's efforts to expand the nationwide implementation of health information technology and protecting the privacy of electronic personal health information exchanged throughout a nationwide network can be found at:

Health Information Technology: HHS Is Taking Steps to Develop a National Strategy (2005).

Health Information Technology:
Efforts Continue but Comprehensive Privacy Approach Needed for National Strategy (2007).

Health Information Technology:
HHS Has Taken Important Steps to Address Privacy Principles and Challenges, Although More Work Remains (2008).

Note – Provisions of the ARRA HITECH Act places additional responsibilities on HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and requires a new operational plan by May 2009. Further, the act also expands privacy protections and HIPAA coverage. These GAO reports were published prior to the passage of ARRA and do not address these provisions."

Other State Resources:
National Conference of State Legislatures:
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

NCSL List of State Stimulus Sites:
Links to all state’s Stimulus websites/contacts.

National Governor’s Association:
Analysis of ARRA.

State-level HIE Consensus Project:
This Web site provides information and resources developed under the auspices of the State-level Health Information Exchange Consensus Project (Project). The Project began in 2006 under a contract from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

General HIE Resources:
Health Information Exchange: From Start-up to Sustainability:
A comprehensive study of the communities participating in the Connecting Communities for Better Health program including governance, functionality, business and technology models and lessons learned.

Best Practices for Community Health Information Exchange:
Compendium of articles addressing the top ten success factors for Community HIE.

Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms:
Report commissioned by ONC defining EMR, EHR, PHR, HIO, HIE, and RHIO

Public Governance Models for a Sustainable Health Information Exchange Industry:
Provides a specific review of the legal structure, accountability issues, and finance considerations, to support state governments as they consider their appropriate role in the evolving electronic HIE industry.

Stimulating the Adoption of Health Information Technology:
Article on the impact of HITECH on adoption of HIT.

Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps and Strategic Directions:
Phase I of a 2-phase study to examine information technology (IT) problems faced by the health care system in realizing the emerging vision of patient-centered, evidence-based, efficient health care using electronic health records and other IT.

eHealth Initiative Blueprint: Building Consensus for Common Action:
A shared vision, and a set of common principles, strategies and actions for improving health and healthcare through health IT and health information exchange, developed by a broad, collaborative, and transparent process led by and involving the many diverse stakeholders in healthcare.

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