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Paul Cartland
State Health Information Technology Coordinator

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Headline News

  • At this year's HIMSS Annual Conference, the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) will join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) in the Interoperability Showcase, offering demonstrations of real-world scenarios in which patients use Personal Health Records (PHRs) and Direct messaging to communicate with healthcare providers in a scalable and trustworthy way, empowering them to be in control of their health information. For more information please see the related press release: Patient Mediated Exchange Demonstrated at HIMSS14.

  • National Association for Trusted Exchange on Fast Track to Facilitate Electronic Clinical Data Exchange Between Patients and Providers

  • The annual Alaska eHealth Network (AeHN) stakeholder meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5 - 7 PM. Public attendance is encouraged. For more information please visit:

    http://ak-ehealth.org/annual-stakeholder-meeting-nov-20-2013-5-7-pm/

  • The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has developed training modules around the Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) Rule to help train Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on how to implement new standards to support: transitions of care, lab exchange, patient engagement and public health measures. These training modules can be found at: http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/interoperability-training-courses.
  • The Health Information Exchange in Alaska has moved into a production status and it is actively being used in the Fairbanks area. Alaska eHealth Network is working to onboard additional participants for the Health Information Exchange. To see public service announcements about the HIE please visit: http://youtu.be/0fiCkj8tEfc or https://vimeo.com/69275549.
  • Read more about how electronic health records are improving efficiency in a recent newsminer.com feature article 
  • Alaska officials have been recognized by the federal government as national leaders for their efforts to enhance the safety and quality of health care by embracing the use of health information technology. To read more of this press release please click here.
  • Alaska began marketing the Health Information Exchange in Fairbanks Alaska in preparation for the production launch for Health Information Exchange pilot sites in this region. Check out the video at: http://vimeo.com/58934429 or listen to one of two Public Service Announcements: PSA 1PSA 2 and/or PSA 3

Important Program Documents

 

Public Health Meaningful Use Measures for Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) has the capability to support:

  • Immunization Reporting (EPs & EHs)
  • Electronic Laboratory Reporting  (EHs only)
  • Syndromic Surveillance (EHs only)
  • Cancer Registry Reporting
  • There are no other specialized registries that DHSS is supporting for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2

The EP or EH can request an exclusion to CMS based on the following criteria:

  • If the EP or EH does not collect public health (immunization, electronic laboratory reporting, or syndromic surveillance data during the reporting) period, OR
  • The public health agency does not have the capacity to receive the data. (NOTE - DHSS does have the capacity to receive public health related objectives for Meaningful Use)

Refer to CMS Guidelines for Meaningful Use for additional information.

More details on Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use, Public Health Reporting, and the Register of Intent process are available on our Meaningful Use page.

 

Alaska eHealth Network Health Information Exchange

Alaska eHealth Network (AeHN) Health Information Exchange (HIE) is currently being deployed statewide. AeHN HIE is a secure electronic exchange of patient information, which allows health care providers a quick, secure, reliable access to patient health records.  AeHN is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors from across Alaska with representation from consumers, hospitals, physicians, businesses, and state government. These leaders are committed to securing protected health information at all times to ensure it is only accessed by authorized individuals for authorized use, by law, for treatment and payment. To learn more about AeHN, please visit their website at: http://ak-ehealth.org/for-providers/join-our-providers/ of contact Alaska eHealth Network at: info@ak-ehealth.org, (907) 770-2626, 1-866-966-9030. 

Alaska DHSS and AeHN are working closely together to implement efficiencies in health information exchange throughout the state.

All EPs, EHs, and CAHs  must use Alaska eHealth Network HIE to satisfy their MU Public Health reporting requirements. Organizations that are already interfaced directly with Alaska Division of Public Health reporting systems will not be required to transition to reporting via the HIE immediately, but should plan for this transition. For more details visit the Meaningful Use page.

 

Alaska EHR Incentive Payment Information 

Provider Type
Number of Providers Registered with State Level Registry
Total Number of Provider Payments 
Made as of January 2014
Total Amount Paid as of January 2014
Eligible Professionals (EPs) - AIU 

681

563

$11,921,252.00

​EPs - MU Stage 1

N/A

​110

​$932,167.00

​EPs - MU Stage 2

​N/A

​None until 2014

​None until 2014

Eligible
Hospitals (EHs) - AIU

21

20

$12,884,249.91

EHs - MU Stage 1

​N/A

​8

​$4,318,077.15

​EHs - MU Stage 2

​N/A

​None until 2014

None until 2014

Total

702

701

$30,055,746.06


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