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Friday, March 4

Health Information Exchange (HIE) Survey

The NASW Illinois Chapter is joining the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHA) in encouraging its members to participate in the Health Information Exchange (HIE) survey. The involvement of the behavioral community in the State's Health Information Exchange (HIE) is important. This brief survey seeks to gather your advice, knowledge, and opinions concerning the state's HIE. The Behavioral Health Workgroup of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Advisory Committee is seeking the opinions of the behavioral health provider community on a very important issue relative to the HIE system being planned -- CONSENT and SECURITY. The brief survey attached will both provide you with some basic information on the issue and allow you to express your preferences.

On July 27, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law creating the Health Information Exchange and Technology Act and establishing a state authority, the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) to operate the Illinois Health Information Exchange (HIE).
Shortly after the bill was signed into law, OHIT established a Behavioral Health Work Group to ensure the active participation of the behavioral health community in the HIE planning process. This is the second survey distributed to the behavioral health community by the HIE Behavioral Health Work Group.  Receiving this survey in itself indicates we believe that you will be directly affected by the HIE at some point in the future.
The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather the input of behavioral health providers in the areas of HIE CONSENT.
In order for behavioral health clients and providers to enjoy the benefits of the HIE, there must be a high level of HIE participation by the clients and providers. To gain that participation, it is important that the patient consent policies be designed in a way that provides the necessary functionality and is reasonable to administer. It is also possible that laws may need to be modified as part of the implementation of the HIE. These policies are one element being discussed at the state level.
This survey seeks your input into the topic of patient consent policies and practices.
If you have any problems completing the survey or if you have any questions please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted on 03/04/11 at 12:00 PM


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