Health information technology can help improve health care quality, prevent medical errors, and reduce health care costs by delivering essential information to the time and place of care. There are two crucial components of effective health information technology - widespread use of electronic health records by providers and the ability to exchange health information privately and securely.
While both are challenging projects conceptually, technologically, and economically, the development of secure information exchange poses special challenges. Trusted health information exchange requires the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders - patients, providers, payers, purchasers, and health agencies - and the consideration of a broad range of policies, principles and designs.
To address these challenges, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) and the HSCRC have proposed a two-phase strategic plan involving several parallel planning projects followed by a single implementation project. For more information about the planning and implementation projects click here.
The MHCC and the HSCRC are working collaboratively to implement an interoperable statewide health information exchange (HIE). This effort has led to progressive movement towards its actual implementation. Various working papers have been created and updated as the development of the HIE continues. These working papers lay the foundation for the creation of a blueprint, or plan, that will be used to build the statewide HIE. Over time, these working papers will also serve to document the decisions made to implement the statewide HIE. To view the working papers, click here.
Presentations to HSCRC Commission
Meetings and Documents