The purpose of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority is to improve healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes in Pennsylvania by enabling the secure exchange of health information (HIE). The Authority was created through legislation approved in July 2012. It took over the work of its predecessor, the PA eHealth Collaborative, which began the work by providing leadership and strategic direction for public and private, federally funded and state-funded investments in health information technology initiatives, including health information exchange capabilities and other related health information technology efforts. The Authority’s direction has considered stakeholder community needs and will complement commonwealth agency operations. It also will ensure ongoing interagency cooperation. The Authority will make these improvements by providing leadership and strategic direction for public and private, federally-funded and state-funded investments in health information technology initiatives, including health information exchange capabilities and other related health information technology efforts. The Authority’s direction has considered stakeholder community needs, complement commonwealth agency operations, and ensure ongoing interagency cooperation. Pennsylvania was awarded $17.1 million under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help establish a health information exchange. ARRA also provides Medicare and Medicaid incentives to eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems. Quality Insights of Pennsylvania also received funding through ARRA to create the Regional Extension Center program that provides free technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices to support and accelerate the meaningful use of electronic health record systems. Pennsylvania is engaging various stakeholders in a structured, open and transparent process to support this initiative. The stakeholders, including healthcare providers, insurers, academics and consumer advocates, are working together toward the ultimate goal of improving patient health. Learn more about health information exchange Not too long ago, medical records were stacks of paper in filing cabinets. Technology in the 21st century is changing that. With digital files and high speed Internet connections, your medical records can be available – safely and securely – to you, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and labs in an instant. The PA eHealth Authority is working on this for the commonwealth to improve health status, healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes. This video, produced by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, explains why Health Information Technology is important and how it works.
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