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Colorado Among First States in Nation to Share Health Information Across Health Care Organizations
Date:12/16/2008

y Mountain Health Plans and COPIC.

"AHRQ is pleased to have helped this important health IT initiative get off the ground," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, MD. "We believe the lessons learned in Colorado about secure electronic exchange of health information will help the rest of the nation improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of care for all Americans."

Interoperability,Health IT,andHealthCareReform

Interoperability of electronic health information and regional health information organizations have been at the center of the Bush administration's plans to make electronic health records more readily available. President-elect Barack Obama has taken this to the next level by calling for health information technology to be a critical component of an economic stimulus package.

Investing in health information technology is also a key feature of the Obama-Biden plan to reduce health care costs and Tom Daschle, Health and Human Services Secretary- designate, has indicated that investing in electronic medical record systems is a top priority for health care reform.

Security Features

The CORHIO interoperability model, which pulls data directly from the electronic health record system of each participating organization instead of a central repository, is believed to be a safer and a more secure way to maintain patient privacy.

Information for Patients

Participation in the CORHIO program is voluntary. All patients have the option to opt- out of the exchange, which means their medical history information will be blocked from the system. Individuals can do this when they arrive in the Emergency Department of participating hospitals. Kaiser Permanente members can opt-out b
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