Health Information Technology

The Health First Colorado Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program
Federal legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, encourages the adoption and Meaningful Use of EHR technology.

  • Colorado pays incentives to eligible providers (EPs) for the adoption, implementation, or upgrade and meaningful use of EHRs.

  • For more information on eligibility and program objective requirements, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' overview website.

  • The Department's Health First Colorado EHR Incentive Program implementation timeline is as follows:

CMS Approval of State Medicaid HIT Plan

June 19, 2018

Program Year (PY) 2018 Opening

March 18, 2019 7:00 AM

PY 2018 Incentive Payments Begin

March 2019

PY 2018 Closes

June 7, 2019 11:59 PM

PY 2018 Post Payment Audits

October 2019-December 2019

Need help understanding meaningful use or technical assistance implementing EHR technology into your practice?

  • The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is the state-designated entity for all Health First Colorado EHR Incentive Program outreach activities. 

  • CORHIO provides a wide range of assistance with program-related questions.

  • Visit the CORHIO website for resources and more information, or contact the Health First Colorado EHR Incentive Program Coordinator at

  • Questions not addressed by these resources or specific questions about the Health First Colorado EHR Incentive Program’s implementation in Health First Colorado can be sent to

Promoting Health Information Exchange

In November 2017, the Office of eHealth Innovation, in association with the Department, released Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap. The Roadmap was formally approved by the Governor’s Office and unanimously approved by Colorado’s eHealth Commission, an advisory body comprised to Health IT thought leaders in the state.
The Roadmap includes 16 high-level actionable initiatives that can be used as a reference for evaluating the direction of existing and future Health IT projects. Ultimately, the direction provided by this Roadmap will support Colorado’s Triple aim—better care, lower costs, and improved health for all Coloradans.