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Making Health Information Exchange Strides in Ohio

In Ohio, officials are engaged in strategic planning activities for a statewide health information exchange (HIE), which includes developing network specifications that will leverage existing infrastructure.

The Department of Insurance in partnership with the selected non-profit entity, the Ohio Health Insurance Partnership (OHIP), is working to lead state health information technology (IT) efforts. OHIP applied for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) HIE grant funding on October 16, 2009. HIE project details are as follows:

Current Status: The Partnership is in the process of developing a strategic/operational plan for approval from ONC. A Request for Information (RFI) is being developed to share information with vendors and solicit feedback.

Purpose: Constructing an integrated, technology-enabled healthcare infrastructure is a critical step in improving the health of residents and driving economic growth across the state.

Scope of Work: The Ohio HIE will be a fully integrated, HIT-enabled network that is flexible and able to accommodate increasing volume and service demands over time. The data management structure will follow a federated model. In addition, the exchange will provide security measures, including access upon patient authorization, roll-based requester privileges and automatic data access tracking.

Funding/Contract Value: The state's 2010-11 biennial budget allocates $8 million in non-GRF funds to the Department of Insurance to support efforts in health IT. GovWin estimates the value of the HIE project to be approximately $4 million to $8 million based on similar projects with a likeness in size and scope.

The Partnership is in the beginning of the HIE planning process; therefore vendors have an opportunity to build relationships early on. Notable is the emphasis on network security measures which will likely be a central focus of the future solution. For additional details on the HIE project please see GovWin Opportunity #59145. Please go here for Ohio health IT information.

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