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STATEWIDE HEALTH IT NETWORK PLAN GETS FINAL APPROVAL
Organizations to Begin Implementing the Plan in Early 2011
MADISONThe development of a statewide network of electronic
health information is moving ahead after Wisconsin’s plan received final
approval this week from federal officials. The Wisconsin Statewide Health
Information Network (WISHIN) will serve as the network’s governing
organization and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (WHIE) will act
as the network’s technical manager and provide early stage technical
assistance to health care providers and hospitals that want to participate
in information exchange.
Wisconsin providers are expected to receive between $500 million and
$800 million in federal incentive payments to help health care providers
with the cost of implementing or upgrading electronic health records
“We can now make the statewide exchange of medical information a
reality, helping our health care providers access the right information at
the right time and provide the very best care for their patients,” said
Karen Timberlake, Department of Health Services Secretary. “This is
another critical part of Wisconsin’s efforts to make constant
improvements in health care quality for all state residents.”
With secure information exchange, more health care providers will be
able to receive clinical care summaries about patients they are treating
that are sent electronically by providers not associated with the same
clinic or health system. They can also receive electronic lab results.
Research has shown that these steps reduce medical errors, improve care
outcomes and save time for clinicians and patients.
WISHIN is a non-profit organization formed by the Wisconsin Hospital
Association, the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, the Wisconsin
Collaborative for Health Care Quality and the Wisconsin Medical Society.
WHIE is a non-profit membership organization that works to develop and
promote health information exchange technology and services to improve
coordination of care and population health.
“We are very pleased to be moving forward in the development of this
health information exchange,” said Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Susan
L. Turney, MD, WISHIN board of directors chair. “In Wisconsin, we have
worked hard to be recognized consistently as a national leader in health
care quality. Creating this statewide information exchange is another
positive step we believe can advance the high quality care we are able to
provide for patients across Wisconsin.”
Wisconsin is receiving a total of $9.4 million for the development and
implementation of its health information exchange plan as part of the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
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Last Revised: December 22, 2010