Minnesota's Response to the HITECH Act
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in February 2009, provided funding to states to assist in developing the health information exchange capacity needed to allow providers to become “meaningful users” of electronic health records and receive incentives through the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The assistance provided through the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, which in Minnesota is called Minnesota e-Health Connect, is intended to facilitate and expand the secure, electronic movement and use of health information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards.
Summary of Key HITECH Act Provisions for Minnesota (PDF 17KB/3 pgs)
See the Minnesota e-Health Connect webpage for more information on the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement/3013 Program as well as the strategic and operational plans.
Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Service's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website for more information on the Medicaid incentive program and the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for information on the Medicare EHR Incentive program.
Minnesota's Coordinated ResponsesThe Minnesota E-Health Initiative provides feedback on state and federal definitions, criteria and/or proposed regulations relating to e-health. The feedback is provided in the form of a public coordinated response in which members of the e-health initiative, workgroups and the public participate. See the Minnesota's Coordinated Responses webpage for more details.
Minnesota Department of Health Responses
- Minnesota e-Health Testimony on "Meaningful Use" to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) (PDF 260KB/20 pgs)
Marty LaVenture, Director of the Center for Health Informatics at the Minnesota Department of Health Testified on How "Meaningful Use" Relates to "Effective Use".
- Minnesota Commissioner's Letter to the National Coordinator (PDF 119KB/2 pgs)
Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan shares Minnesota’s priorities with the implementation of the HITECH Act.