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Illinois Health Information Exchange News 

  • 1.22.13 News Release - Providers Caring for Patients in Underserved Communities Connect to ILHIE
  • 12.11.13 News Release - ILHIE and Missouri Health Connection Sign Data Sharing Agreement

    10.29.13 - ILHIE Launches New Care Coordination and Integration Webpage

    8.7.13 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Releases Principles and Strategy for Accelerating Health Information Exchange (HIE)

    6.10.13 Invitation - Please Join ILHIE on June 26 for the Patient Consent Management Workshop

    1.3.13 Press Release - Illinois and Missouri Achieve State to State HIE Connectivity through Direct Secure Messaging

    12.1.12 Press Release - Governor Pat Quinn Announces $1.3 Million to Improve Healthcare in Technologically Underserved Areas of Illinois through the Award of Three "White Space" Grants | PDF Version

    9.14.12 Press Release - Governor Pat Quinn Appoints Healthcare Veteran Raul Recarey as Executive Director of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority | Meet Raul

    9.5.12 - The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Highlights ILHIE Direct and Ada S. McKinley Community Services, a Social Service-Providing Organization in Illinois that has Enhanced Care Coordination Through Use of ILHIE Direct Secure Messaging

    9.4.12 - ILHIE Joins the Illinois Health Information Management Association (ILHIMA) and the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (CGCHIMSS) in Commemorating National Health IT Week

    8.24.12 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Releases Final Rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Records (EHR) Technology

    News Alert - $5.9 Million Awarded to Illinois for Health Information Technology Innovation

    Older News

    8.7.12 - The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) acknowledges of the early successes ILHIE Direct secure messaging in their State HIE Bright Spots Implementation Brief

    6.22.12 - ILHIE Public Testimony Announcement: Patient Health Data Privacy and Security Policies

    3.2.12 News Alert - Illinois Receives $600,000 in Federal Funding to Connect the Behavioral Health Community to the Illinois Health Information Exchange (pdf)

    2.24.12 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposes Definition of Stage 2 Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Records (EHR) Technology | Notice of Proposed Rulemaking PowerPoint (pdf)

    12.22.11 - Illinois Health Information Exchange Launches ILHIE Direct Secure Messaging Solution - A Free, Secure Email Service That Will Assist Licensed Illinois Health Care Providers in Achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use | ILHIE Direct News Alert (pdf)

    10.08.11 Press Release - Governor Pat Quinn and the Office of Health Information Technology Announce the Selection of InterSystems Corporation as the Vendor to Assist The State in Developing The Statewide Health Information Exchange (pdf)



    September 5, 2011

    Illinois Opens Registration For The Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Payments Program

    The Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments Program in Illinois launched on September 5, 2011. Eligible hospitals and providers can visit www.hfs.illinois.gov/ehr/ to begin the attestation and registration process. The first payments are expected to be made in February 2012.


    August 22, 2011

    Lemont Primary Care Successfully Attests to Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

    Lemont Primary Care of Lemont, IL became the first practice to Secure Meaningful Use through the Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (IL-HITREC). Read the full story.


    June 3, 2011

    OHIT Releases Technology Infrastructure Request For Proposals (RFP) for the ILHIE

    The Illinois Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the technology infrastructure, and accompanying services associated with the establishment of the Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE), for the State of Illinois. The selected Vendor will be expected to work collaboratively with OHIT, and the newly formed Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority, in the design and establishment of the ILHIE, as more fully described in the Illinois HIE Strategic and Operational Plan (SOP). If you are a vendor with an interest in submitting a proposal response to this RFP you may access the document on the Illinois BID Web site. If you are not already registered for the Illinois Procurement Bulletin but wish to, you can register on the Central Management Services Illinois Procurement Bulletin Web site.


    May 18, 2011

    The First Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Payments Will be Issued This Week

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that incentive payments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will be sent out the week of May 16, 2011. Providers who have successfully attested to having met meaningful use, and who have met all the other program requirements, can expect to receive their 2011 incentive payments soon. For additional information, please visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs Web site.

    Please also note that information regarding the Illinois Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will be sent in the coming months. To receive the latest updates, please sign up for the ILHIE listserv on the ILHIE E-mail Notification Web page, and visit the ILHIE Provider Web site.


    March 8, 2011

    New Study Finds Evidence of The Benefits of Health IT

    A study completed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and published in the journal Health Affairs finds growing evidence of the benefits of health information technology. Using methods that were employed by two previous independent reviews, the new study finds that 92 percent of articles on health IT reached conclusions that showed overall positive effects of health IT on key aspects of care including quality and efficiency of healthcare. 

    In addition, the study also finds increasing evidence of benefits for all healthcare providers, not just the larger health IT “leader” organizations (i.e., early adopters of health IT) that provided much of the data regarding experience with health IT in the past. The previous reviews identified a gap between “leaders” and non-leaders in demonstrating benefits from health IT. The study also found that dissatisfaction with electronic health records among some providers is a problem that will need to be addressed in order to achieve the full potential benefits of health IT.

    Please follow the links below to view an abstract and the full text of the study.

    The Benefits Of Health Information Technology: A Review Of The Recent Literature Shows Predominantly Positive Results (Abstract)

    The Benefits Of Health Information Technology: A Review Of The Recent Literature Shows Predominantly Positive Results (Full Text)


    February 9, 2011

    Governor Quinn Appoints Health Information Exchange Board

    The Illinois Office of Health Information Technology is pleased to announce that Governor Pat Quinn has appointed the Illinois Health Information Exchange (HIE) Authority Board of Directors. The Authority was created by the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act (P. A. 96-1331) to oversee the statewide electronic health information exchange. View more information about Governor Quinn's appointments to the HIE Authority Board of Directors.


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