Thursday, September 27, 2012

ONC Examines Health IT and Disaster Response

Barr, Paul. "ONC Examines Health IT and Disaster Response." Modern, September 26, 2012.

From the article: "A plan to improve the sharing of electronic health records among health information exchanges during disasters was issued to HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The 117-page report (PDF) was the result of a project of the Southeast Regional HIT-HIE Collaboration, which began in November 2010 to develop a strategic plan for sharing health information data among states in the Southeast and Gulf regions during and after a declared national disaster, according to the report. The group goes by the name SERCH.

The report proposes that a memorandum of understanding that offers a limitation on liability for wrongful release of records during a disaster be issued, outlines a strategy for governance of HIE interactions and notes that a mix of HIE models means that very little cross-state exchange of EHRs is taking place." Read more

See also

Southeast Regional HIT-HIE Collaboration Final Report. "ONC State Health Policy Consortium Project: Health Information Exchange in Disaster Preparedness and Response," prepared for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, July 2012.