Using Health Information Technology
In February 2009, Congress passed legislation containing provisions to stimulate the adoption of health information technology. Specifically, the legislation provided for Medicare and Medicaid payment incentives for hospitals who are "meaningful users" of certified electronic health records (EHRs) by dates set forth in the law.
The South Carolina Health Information Exchange, is South Carolina's existing statewide HIE. It provides an innovative state-level information highway that enables participating health care providers to view a patient's integrated medical history, including medications, diagnoses, and procedures involving other participating providers.
The Center for Information Technology Implementation Assistance (CITIA) is South Carolina's regional extension center for health information technology (HIT). Funded in part by a federal grant and partnerships with the Office of Rural Health, the Primary Health Care Association, and The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, CITIA offers a wide range of valuable consulting services, from assessing needs and selecting a vendor to managing system implementation and implementing work flow changes that improve clinical performance and efficiency.