Report: States’ health information technology exchanges get new funding
States have received new federal funding for the adoption of health information technology over the past year, according to a new report, released in July by the Lexington, Ky.-based National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). "Profiles of Progress 4: State Health IT Initiatives" also urges states to implement an enterprise-wide architecture for the statewide exchange of health information.
In March, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the recipients of funding from the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program. In total, 56 states, eligible territories, and qualified State Designated Entities received awards totaling nearly $550 million, according to the report. Also, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to invest, solidify and make sustainable health IT efforts in the state has started to be dispensed to state and regional efforts across the nation. "State CIOs and government leaders recognize the importance of state-driven health IT efforts," said NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson in a statement. "They value the critical role of states in planning and implementing a secure, efficient and interoperable health information exchange."
NASCIO's latest "Profiles of Progress" outlines where state health IT initiatives stand and the role of the state CIO in those efforts. It includes individual data for each state.
Download "Profiles of Progress 4: State Health IT Initiatives."