Spotlight on State Exchange: CareAccord Oregon’s Health Information Exchange
CareAccord, Oregon’s Health Information Exchange, is administered by the Oregon Health Authority. CareAccord facilitates the secure exchange of health information between Oregon’s health care organizations and providers, enabling the coordination of care for better health, better care and lower cost.
The Oregon Health Authority has contracted with Harris Healthcare Solutions to implement a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). The first HIE service to be offered is Direct Secure Messaging, a secure email system using national standards that allows participants to send (push) encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet. The Direct program is available at no cost through September 2013 for providers, whether or not they have an electronic health record system.
Benefits of Health Information Exchange
- Enhances communications between hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, and referring physicians
- Reduces orders for duplicate procedures, tests, and medications due to lack of information
- Enables smoother transitions of care because providers, hospitals and long term care facilities can share information
- Supports Meaningful Use
- Strategic and Operational Plans
- Legal – Organizational Participation Agreement, including BA Agreement, Service Level Attachment, HIE Policies and Procedures, Security Best Practices.
- Authorized User Agreement
Latest News – In the just completed 2013 session, Oregon passed legislation that continues moving the state’s health system transformation forward. Building on the reforms of the last several years, a key next step is to look for better ways to engage patients in their health. To that end, Governor Kitzhaber called for nominations for people to participate on a task force to help develop recommendations around individual responsibility and health engagement. Read the July issue of Health News, updates from the Oregon Health Policy Board.
Provider Information: FAQs and Getting Started and Resources
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