Over the past decade, an increasing emphasis has been placed on healthcare information technology at the federal level, especially electronic medical records. In response to mounting concern about healthcare costs, quality, and safety, the 79th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, created the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee through the passage of Senate Bill 45, amending Chapter 104, Health and Safety Code.
The committee consists of eleven members appointed by the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC), and represent various interest groups, including the academic community, health plans, pharmacies, and the healthcare information technology industry. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Center for Health Statistics provides administrative oversight for the HITAC.
The HITAC is responsible for developing a long-range plan for healthcare information technology in Texas, addressing the following issues as mandated S.B. 45:
- Electronic medical records;
- Computerized clinical support systems;
- Computerized physician order entry;
- Regional health information exchange;
- Other methods of incorporating information technology in pursuit of great cost-effectiveness and better patient outcomes; and
- Price disparities in insurance coverage.
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