Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Connecticut Developing HIT Plan

In December 2007, the Connecticut Department of Public Health announced funds to develop a statewide health information technology plan referred to as the CT Health IT Plan. The state has $700,000 available to support the project through June 30, 2009. Applications are being accepted from public and private organizations, community-based agencies and individuals. The deadline for the proposals is February 15, 2008.

The proposals submitted for the CT Health IT Plan should address:

· Objectives and goals consistent with the RFP
· The electronic data standards needed to develop a statewide integrated electronic health information system to be used by providers, hospitals, community healthcare centers, and physician groups
· How the HIE will be compatible with any national data standards to allow for interstate interoperability.
· How security and privacy will be addressed
· Implementation strategies and target dates must be given for completing each stage of implementation
· How consumer education and information about the HIE will reach providers
· Detailed budget estimates including the infrastructure needed for each provider group
· How the transition to the National Health Network will take place once it is available
· Any barriers to implementing the Plan and how proposed actions will be used to address each barrier
· How state government agencies, public and private health systems, and healthcare providers will link HIE activities to support quality improvement initiatives

Go to www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/rfp/pdf/hie_rfp2008-2037.pdf for more information on the RFP.