The mission of the Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives is to facilitate improvements in Tennessee's health care quality, safety, transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness through statewide adoption and use of electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE). Access to the right health care information at the right time by providers and patients will promote the delivery of safe, optimum health care in Tennessee.
Health Information Technology has become a major focus of the healthcare industry in the last few years and has recieved considerable attention recently because American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocates funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT for programs to promote Health Information Exchange, the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs and health information technology workforce development. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act presents Tennessee with a new opportunity to advance the secure exchange of health information with stimulus funds being made available for grants, loans, and incentives to expand the adoption and Meaningful Use of HIE.
This Web site is an informational resource for Tennessee health care providers seeking to understand the Recovery Act's Meaningful Use criteria for HIE, and how it will impact the steps they need to take to draw down Medicaid and Medicare incentives available under the Act.