Triangle Institute (RTI) International, in conjunction with the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National
Governor's Association awarded Arkansas a year-long contract to
explore strategies to improve electronic health information exchange
while ensuring privacy and security. By bringing together a
broad range of stakeholders, the project sought to:
Develop consensus-based solutions to public and private barriers
surrounding health information exchange.
Identify and incorporate interoperability standards and protocols
for improved exchange of health information.
efforts will pave the way for improved efficiencies, improved access
to care, decreased medical errors, enhanced continuity of care, and
ultimately reduced escalation of health care costs.
completion of this phase of the HISPC project, the Arkansas team
received additional funding for an eight month period - two months
to develop strategies to implement solutions directly associated
with Privacy and Security aspects of health information exchange (HIE)
and six months to implement the strategies developed in the two
HISPC proposed and completed activities include:
- Propose a
recommendation for a centralized and coordinated oversight
structure for electronic privacy and security in the state.
- Create an
Arkansas Health Information Privacy and Security Statutory
- Develop a
uniform, plain language-based Arkansas HIPAA training course
syllabus specifically tailored to privacy and security issues.
Collaborate with other states to create a regional and/or
national uniform consent form.
completion of this phase of the HISPC project, the Office of
the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) provided funding
opportunities to collaborative state groups to address strategies
around HIE across state borders. The Arkansas HISPC along with
11 other states chose to address issues around consent and
authorization in order for HIE to take place across state borders.
The project period is January 2008 trough December 2008.
During this time
collaborators will evaluate barriers and facilitators to interstate HIE and develop strategies for addressing the barriers and enhancing
the enabling factors.
Healthcare Research and Quality 2006 State Snapshots
Snapshots provide state-specific health care quality information
including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.
The goal is to help state officials and their public- and
private-sector partners better understand health care quality and
disparities in their State.
Commonwealth Fund Health System Report Card
follow the National Scorecard
on U.S. Health System Performance,
published in 2006, the State Scorecard
assesses state variation across key
dimensions of health system performance: access, quality, avoidable
hospital use and costs, equity, and healthy lives.
ACHI News Release
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