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Electronic Health Records Taskforce


Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich signed House Bill 2345, Public Act 94-646, creating the Electronic Health Records Taskforce on Aug. 22, 2005. The taskforce is to create a plan for the "development and utilization of electronic health records (EHR) in the state in order to improve the quality of patient care, increase the efficiency of health care practice, improve safety, and reduce health care errors." The EHR plan is to be submitted to the General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2006.

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Taskforce membership is to include representatives of physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and long-term health care facilities, academic health care centers, payors, patients and consumers, and information technology providers.

EHR Taskforce Mission Statement

The mission of the Electronic Health Records Taskforce shall be to formulate recommendations and an implementation plan on how to best implement secure and standardized electronic health records for Illinoisans and persons served by Illinois providers enabling improvement in patient safety, the efficiency of healthcare practice and the quality of both individual care and the Public Health.

The Taskforce will assure that electronic health records in Illinois become interoperable with other states consistent with federal standards, that patients’ legal and personal rights to privacy are safeguarded, and that the transport, management and uses of the data are appropriate to enhancing the safe provision of healthcare for individuals, providers and the public at large.

EHR Taskforce Issues Final Report and Plan

The EHR Taskforce approved the final report and plan at its Dec. 18, 2006 meeting. One of the taskforce's recommendations call for the creation of a not-for-profit organization, the Illinois Health Information Network (ILHIN), to establish a state-level health information exchange. The Illinois Department of Public Health would form a public-private partnership with ILHIN to advance EHR and health information exchange initiatives within the state if taskforce recommendations are enacted. A copy of the full report can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Illinois Electronic Health Records Taskforce Report and Plan: December 2006

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