Minnesota e-Health Connect

State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement/3013 Program

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


2012 Minnesota e-Health Connectivity Grant Program for Health Information Exchange - Program is now closed, all funds have been awarded.

Visit the Minnesota e-Health Connect HIE Grants webpage for more information on the 2012 and 2011 grant recipients.
Updated Resource: Health Information Exchange Guide for Minnesota Providers
This new resource, A Practical Guide to Understanding Health Information Exchange: Assessing Your Readiness and Selecting Health Information Exchange Options in Minnesota, was developed collaboratively by HIE stakeholders throughout state. It can assist health and health care providers assess their readiness for HIE as well as understand what options are available in Minnesota.
Contract Awarded to Develop Statewide Shared Services Collaborative
The Minnesota Department of Health has announced it will be entering into a contract with Hielix, Inc. to develop the Statewide Shared Services Collaborative. This collaborative will be formed with Minnesota health information exchange stakeholders to develop a governance plan, sustainability plan, policies, and specifications for the development and long-term sustainability of Minnesota’s statewide shared services technical infrastructure. 

See the Request For Proposals (RFP) announcement below for more information.

Announcement of Request for Proposals
The Minnesota Department of Health is requesting proposals for the following three distinct parts:

  • Part A: Statewide Shared Services Collaborative for Health Information Exchange
  • Part B: State-Designated Provider of Statewide Shared Health Information Exchange Services and Core Health Information Exchange Services
  • Part C: Connectivity Programs and Performance-Based Connectivity Incentives for State-Certified Health Information Exchange Service Providers

Request for Proposals (PDF 1.1MB/ 125pg)
Request for Proposals Addendum #1 (PDF 217KB/ 13pg)
Request for Proposals Addendum #2 (PDF 173KB/ 9pg)

Available also as separate documents in Microsoft Word format:
Appendix A (Word: 30KB/ 9pg)
Appendix B (Word: 44KB/ 19pg)
Appendix C (Word: 18KB/ 1pg)

Announcement of Endorsement of Interstate Patient Consent Tools
The Upper Midwest Health Information Exchange (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'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

For more information on other state resources and responses related to the HITECH Act, see the State Response to HITECH Act page.

Updated Monday, November 25, 2013 at 06:52AM