Colorado is emerging as a leader in the area of health information technology (HIT) on a national level and the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) has been actively involved since 2007. The State CIO led the cross-sector HIT Advisory Committee which was created pursuant to Senate Bill 07-196 to develop a long range plan for statewide health care information technology issues. Committee goals included:
The HIT Advisory Committee submitted its Report and Recommendations to the Legislative Council in 2009. The Report identified how Colorado could significantly reduce costs, improve patient outcomes and make the state's healthcare system more efficient and effective and also provided recommendations in four strategic areas:
* Promoting adoption and incorporation of HIT
* Promoting interoperability and Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE)
* Fostering implementation by Executive branch and policy makers
* Engaging the private sector and expanding the use of HIT
OIT's current work in the health IT arena is driven by federal health legislation. Colorado is in the process of responding to the recent enactment of two major pieces of federal health legislation, 1) the ARRA Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and 2) the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These two Acts have created significant opportunities and challenges for Colorado to expand and accelerate strategies for building statewide interoperability through a digital health information infrastructure.
Combined efforts are underway across the state led by the Governor's Health Care Reform Initiative, OIT, and health and human services related departments to ensure that Colorado is strategically aligned for an effective and interoperable approach to health care reform and HIT implementation that meets the requirements of the federal legislation.