Minnesota e-Health Connect
State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement/3013 Program
*This project is now closed; information on this page will remain as an historical resource.
Minnesota e-Health Connect is a project funded through the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program, established under the HITECH Act and administered by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). The program is intended to build capacity in all states for exchanging health information across the health care system both within and across states. The cooperative agreement specifically requires states to use their authority, programs and resources to:
- Ensure the development of state level directories and enable technical services for health information exchange
- Convene stakeholders to ensure trust and support for a statewide approach to health information exchange
- Ensure an effective model for health information exchange governance and accountability
- Coordinate an integrated approach with Medicaid and public health
- Develop and update privacy and security requirements for health information exchange
- Remove barriers and create enablers for health information exchange
Upper Midwest HIE Interstate Patient Consent Tools
The Upper Midwest HIE (UM HIE) State Health Policy Consortium has developed a set of tools for health care providers designed to ease the exchange of patient health information, with consent, across state borders specifically for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Minnesota Commissioner of Health has endorsed these new tools and encourages health care providers to use the UM HIE Common Consent Form.
Visit the UM HIE webpage to access the tools and read more about the Commissioner's endorsement.
Minnesota e-Health Connectivity for Health Information Exchange Grant Program
The Minnesota e-Health Connectivity Grant Program for Health Information Exchange provided grant funding to expand community-based collaborative HIE efforts by providing funding to: a) assist health and health care providers meet requirements for federal incentives for meaningful use of an EHR and/or b) expand health information exchange capability among health care providers and other trading partners to support care and/or public health, and/or c) increase the number of Minnesota pharmacies capable of accepting electronic prescriptions.
Minnesota's Strategic and Operational Plans
Strategic and Operational Plan Update, 2012 (PDF 636KB/ 39pg)
On June 4, 2012, Minnesota submitted its Strategic and Operational Plan Update to the ONC.
Addendum to Minnesota's Strategic and Operational Plans for Health Information Exchange (PDF 1.8MB/106 pg)
On February 9, 2011, an addendum to the original Strategic and Operational Plans was submitted to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). This document clarifies and updates the Minnesota plan for health information exchange. The Plans and the Addendum received approval from the ONC on March 2, 2011.
Minnesota Strategic Plan for Health Information Exchange (PDF 1.95MB/96 pg)
Minnesota Operational Plan for Health Information Exchange (PDF 662KB/54 pg)
The Minnesota Strategic and Operational Plans for Health Information Exchange provide an overview of the state's approach to enabling and operationalizing health information exchange with attention to five critical domains: governance, finance, legal/policy, technical infrastructure, and business and technical operations.
Archive Information Related to the State Cooperative Agreement
- MDH Application for State Grant to Promote Health Information Technology Planning and Implementation Projects under ARRA 3013 (PDF 322KB/41 pgs)
- MDH Letter of Intent to Apply for State Grant to Promote Health Information Technology Planning and Implementation Projects under ARRA (PDF 760KB/5 pg)
- Governor Pawlenty's Letter Designating MDH as Agency Responsible for State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program (PDF 54KB/1 pg)
For more information on other state resources and responses related to the HITECH Act, see the State Response to HITECH Act page.