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ILHIE Public Health Work Group Minutes - March 24 2011 

March 24, 2011

Attendees (phone and in-person):

  • Chair: Mary Driscoll, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • Craig Conover, IDPH
  • Peter Eckart, Illinois Public Health Institute
  • Geoff Downie, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ivan Handler, Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
  • Krysta Heaney, Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT)
  • Bala Hota, Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS)
  • Josh Jones, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Mike Jones, HFS
  • Judy Kauerauf, IDPH
  • Jessica Ledesma, IDPH
  • John Lekich, HFS
  • Uche Onwuta, Kane County Health Department
  • Matt Roberts, IDPH
  • Laura Rosenfeld
  • Mohammed Shahidullah, IDPH

Mary Driscoll opened the meeting at 2 p.m. The meeting minutes from February 23, 2011, were approved.

HIE Update: Krysta Heaney provided an update on the Illinois HIE. Due to the increase in the availability of market solutions for secure messaging utilizing the Direct standards, OHIT will no longer release a separate Direct Project RFP. To ensure that all providers in Illinois have at least one option available to them to meet the exchange requirements for Meaningful Use in 2011, OHIT will serve as a 'match-maker' between providers without identified exchange capacity and the organizations enabling the Meaningful Use HIE capabilities.

The Work Group discussed the participation of Local Health Departments (LHDs) in the planning and implementation of developing local HIEs. Mary Driscoll stressed the importance of LHD as stakeholders in the process and the need to stay involved and help shape how the relationship and data collection processes develop between the LHDs and the local HIEs. Peter Eckart shared that several of the local HIEs are specifically looking for public health partnerships and offered to serve as a liaison between those local HIEs and the Work Group.

Public Health Node: Bala Hota provided a high-level summary of the public health node concept. Because the requirements and certifications for the Stage 1 Meaningful Use population health measures are specific to transport, e.g., message type, but not content, e.g., case definitions for conditions, vendors may implement a variety of surveillance criteria for reporting. Developing a public health rules engine, to be housed within the HIE, for identifying conditions and determining what is reported to public health agencies would increase data conformance with reporting requirements for public health systems, and alleviate the burden of relying solely on vendor solutions that may not adequately address public health's data needs. The node could serve as a framework for additional public health services, such as patient safety and quality reporting. Through the Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes ELC grant, IDPH is planning to implement a similar strategy for ELR reporting.

Peter Eckart asked if the public health node would allow access, similar to I-PLAN, to LHDs, other public health officials, or community planners. Mary Driscoll explained that IDPH would determine what public health data would be available. Bala Hota explained that the purpose of the public health node, within the HIE, is primarily about correctly identifying and routing public health information to IDPH. Josh Jones shared that there is a high degree of confusion about the EHR certification process; public health needs to be aware that there will be variability between certification and validation. Judy Kauerauf explained that as public health business processes change, the node will offer an opportunity to adapt and the ability to move forward.

Mary Driscoll is the CDC’s point of contact for Public Health Information Exchange (PHIE) in Illinois. Mary Driscoll is the CDC's point of contact for Public Health Information Exchange (PHIE) in Illinois. Mary has offered to pass along any questions Work Group members may have regarding PHIE to CDC representatives.

HB 1338 Update: HB 1338 is scheduled for its 3rd reading.

The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for the end of April. The Work Group plans to schedule a face-to-face meeting in May. IDPH will host a call with the LHDs on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 2 p.m., with the purpose of providing a state HIE update and encouraging participation at the local HIE level.

Meeting adjourned at 3 p.m.