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Health Information Technology in Washington

        Washington has taken steps to develop and implement health information technology throughout its health care system.  The Director of the Washington State Health Care Authority must create strategies to facilitate the use of health information technology, such as electronic medical records, by hospitals and integrated delivery systems in order to aid in diagnosis and treatment, reduce unnecessary utilization of care, increase consumer access to information, and improve outcomes.1   Similarly, other government agencies must also collaborate in the adoption of health information systems.2  The state has also initiated a health information exchange pilot program, which may bring together a collection of public and private entities to encourage the use of medical records that are portable, interoperable, and secure.3  In addition, hospitals and other health care facilities may keep electronic records and submit reports and information to the Department of Health electronically.4  The state also supports the use of telemedicine by home health nurses.5

        The state of Washington has also addressed health information technology as it relates to pharmaceutical or medication records.  The law requires that any electronic medication record must be able to capture data removed onto a hard drive.  The law also outlines specific elements that the electronic system must capture, including, patient identification, drug information, prescriber information, dispenser information, and other relevant patient information.6  In addition, Washington requires pharmacies that use electronic medication records to also have an auxiliary system in place as a backup to the electronic system.7

 

 

Footnotes

  • 1. Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.021
  • 2. Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.031
  • 3. Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.035
  • 4. Wash. Rev. Code § 43.70.052
  • 5. Wash. Rev. Code § 74.09.658
  • 6. Wash. Admin. Code §246-875-020
  • 7. Wash. Admin. Code §246-875-050

 

Health Information Technology in Washington

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Health Information Technology Wash. Admin. Code § 246-875-020 Minimum Required Information in an Pharmacy Automated Patient Medication Record System An automated patient medication record system is an electronic...
Wash. Admin. Code § 246-875-050 Auxiliary Pharmacy Recordkeeping Procedures If an automated data processing system is used to maintain a patient’s medication record, there...
Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.021 State health care authority — Director — Cost control and delivery strategies — Health information technology — Managed...
Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.031 Agencies to establish health care information systems. Washington’s “department of social and health services, department of health,...
Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.035 Exchange of health information — Pilot — Advisory board, discretionary — Administrator's authority The Administrator must design...
Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.042 Health information — Processes, guidelines, and standards The lead organization must, by December 1, 2001, develop guidelines and standards...
Wash. Rev. Code § 69.41.055 Electronic communication of prescription information — Board may adopt rules Practitioners may electronically communicate prescription refill...
Wash. Rev. Code § 74.09.658 Home health — Reimbursement — Telemedicine Nurses that utilize telemedicine to deliver home health services through the medical...
Wash. Rev. Code § 74.09A.020 Computerized information — Provision to health insurers The Washington state health care authority (“authority”) must provide...
Wash. Rev. Code § 74.42.455 Transitional care management Nursing facilities may provide transitional care management services to individuals for a maximum of thirty days...