Minnesota e-Health and Health Reform
As a part of health reform efforts at state and national levels, e-health has emerged as a powerful strategy to increase access and transform care delivery to improve patient experiences and health outcomes. E-health also supports the exchange of information necessary to advance a "learning health system,” which utilizes information and collaboration to continually improve population health.
Minnesota has a long history of reform and, most recently, in 2008, the state passed a health reform law that improves community health, patient experience, and affordability of health care in Minnesota. In 2010, the federal Affordable Care Act became law, providing additional tools for Minnesota to cover the uninsured, build the health care workforce, prevent illness, and contain health care costs.
State and federal funds have supported e-health work for years and includes the recently awarded a State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant from CMMI for the Minnesota Accountable Health Model project administered in partnership by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Programs that support e-health and health reform include:
Privacy and Security Resources for Minnesota Health Care Providers: In 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in consultation with the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee, convened the Minnesota e-Health Privacy and Security Workgroup to provide expert analysis and opinions on materials and resources that may be used to enhance privacy and security programs throughout the state.
Minnesota Accountable Health Model e-Health Grant Program: Support readiness for and participation in the Minnesota Accountable Health Model by providing funding to support the secure exchange of medical or health-related information between organizations for: a) developing a plan to participate in the Model; or b) implementing and expanding e-health capabilities for participation in the Model. The first round of grantee projects began in October 2014; the request for proposals (RPF) for a second round’s estimated release is spring 2015.