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ILHIE Telehealth Work Group Minutes - April 5 2011 

April 5, 2011

Attendees (phone and in-person):

  • Wesley Valdes, Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT)/ U of I Chicago
  • Jeff Bennett, Southern Illinois University (SIU)
  • Bob Wesley, SIU
  • Sandy Anton, Illinois Foundation for Quality Healthcare
  • Pat Schou, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
  • Amy Panagopoulos, Joint Commission
  • Deborah Seale, Community Member
  • Saroni Lasker OHIT
  • Nancy Kaysek, University of Illinois

Wes took roll call and made introductions. He reminded the group that minutes are now being recorded. Minutes were approved.

HIE update is focused on the Meaningful Use issues. The Authority Board will be inaugurated on April 27, 2011, and all recommendations should now be directed to them.

Wes suggested having separate meetings in between the Telehealth meetings, to discuss Telemedicine, issues that are not specifically going to go toward recommendations to the Authority Board. The reasoning is to talk about what the applications are with Telemedicine as opposed to what the rules and standards are going to be. The purpose is to keep focused on the Illinois HIE initiative, during the Telehealth Work Group meetings, and discuss other aspects of Telemedicine at the other bilateral meetings.

The group went on to discuss the Telemedicine Alliance, and made it clear that there is not duplicative efforts with both groups. Nancy said that one of the key things is to make sure the Alliance is not doing the same thing that other people are doing. It is important to evaluate what others are doing, and identify the policy issues that need to be addressed. There is a lot of confusion on the purpose of the Alliance, and how not to duplicate efforts, so Nancy Kasek, University of Illinois, will be gathering feedback from everyone, and will move forward from there.

Credential and Privileging is getting the appropriate information in a single retrievable database system to facilitate the information gathering process at each individual hospital. Ivan Handler will be able to help discuss this issue, and how the data in the state can be used to facilitate this process. CMS is continuing to work on Telemedicine credentialing. Wes asked Pat how significant the differences are that the critical hospitals look at for credentialing. Pat responded that they look at all the same information that all other hospitals look at – the national database, university review, previous employment, etc. It would nice for it all to be standardized, because there is so much duplication going back and forth. Bob agreed that a standardized credentialing process is a great idea. It may be difficult, but it is critical. We should expect that there will be a lot of creativity, and lots of points of view about this issue. Amy said the Joint Commission is aligned with the current laws in place, and is working on a document of the challenges the Joint Commission is facing, as a crediting body with this particular issue. They are expecting to roll the document out in a month or so.

Master Provider Directory is one of the state tier efforts to gather information for a directory of all the providers in Illinois, and the surrounding areas. It provides an identification for a provider in a central location. This is to make it easier to find the link between the provider and the patient. One of the recommendations to the Authority Board is to tack on a standardized credentialing form along with the Master Provider Directory. The credentialing data would have to be certified by the state, and should allow providers to not do as much work when credentialing.

Dicom Images is holding a Telemedicine demo. Rockford and UIC are also holding different demos. We are in the process of setting up a State of Illinois site to post different Telemedicine programs and demos. The goal is to make it collaborative, open to everyone, and functional rather than informational.

Next meeting is cancelled because of the annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association in Tampa, Florida. The meeting should resume in June.

Meeting adjourned.