Sep-17-2009 Additional Guidance to Be Provided on the RFA for Health Information Exchange Projects Tomorrow
For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2009

The State of New Jersey will answer questions on the request for applications seeking health-information exchange projects via an additional conference call on September 18, 2009.

DATE: Friday, September 18, 2009
TIME: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
CALL-IN #: 877- 214-6371
CODE: 953415

The RFA solicits innovative, community-level health data exchange projects to submit to the federal government for potential grant funding, and is available at http://nj.gov/recovery/grant/ 

The State, through the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission and the Office of e-HIT in the Department of Banking and Insurance, is currently assembling a State plan for health information technology. The promotion of regional health information exchanges is critical to that plan. Once these exchanges are established, the State aims to integrate them and other sources of health-care data in a secure, statewide health-information exchange so that key clinical information “follows the patient” no matter where they see a doctor or go to the hospital. If this network gets established, only authorized physicians will be able to view patient data in a secure network that adheres to the highest standards of State and federal privacy laws.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made available $564 million to the states for health-information exchange. A sizable portion of that funding will go to local and regional health information exchanges that seek to improve quality and efficiency of care by sharing patient-level clinical data among authorized health-care providers.

Each state will receive between $4 million and $40 million based on a formula that has yet to be fully released. The inclusion of fully vetted exchange projects will strengthen New Jersey’s application and Statewide plan. Health information exchange proposals will be reviewed and scored according to rigorous criteria for possible inclusion in the State’s application to the federal government. Applications to the State are due Sept. 25, and the State’s application to HHS is due on Oct. 16.

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