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Health Information Technology in Connecticut

Health Information Technology

Connecticut has pursued the implementation and use of health information technology by:

  • Requiring the Commissioner of Social Services to obtain and distribute the HIT funding made available in HITECH.1
  • Mandating the creation of a website that provides consumers with information about long-term care options.2
  • Requiring hospitals to establish protocols regarding use of electronic signatures for medical records. 3
  • Allowing licensed professionals to use electronic prescribing systems,4 transmit prescriptions through “electronic data intermediaries,”5 and maintain electronic medical records.6
  • Requiring the development of a state-wide health information technology plan that addresses health information exchange, electronic data standards, and pilot projects.7
  • Authorizing the creation of Connecticut Health Information Network plan as a means of integrating health and social services data.8
  • Establishing the “Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut” for the purpose of “promoting, planning and designing, developing, assisting, acquiring, constructing, maintaining and equipping, reconstructing and improving [] health care information technology.”9

 

Footnotes

  • 1. C.G.S.A. § 17b-34.
  • 2. C.G.S.A. § 17b-367.
  • 3. C.G.S.A. § 19a-25a.
  • 4. C.G.S.A. § 19a-25b.
  • 5. C.G.S.A. § 20-614.
  • 6. C.G.S.A. § 19a-25c.
  • 7. C.G.S.A. § 19a-25d.
  • 8. C.G.S.A. § 19a-25e.
  • 9. C.G.S.A. § 19a-750. 

 

Health Information Technology in Connecticut

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Health Information Technology Commissioner of Social Services to obtain federal funds for health information technology. Disbursement of funds - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 17b-34 The Commissioner of Social Services must, after consulting with the Commissioner of Public Health, take any actions necessary to obtain the health...
Connecticut Health Information Network plan - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-25e The Department of Public Health (“department”) may work with the University of Connecticut Health Center to create a “Connecticut...
Electronic prescribing systems authorized - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-25b Connecticut permits licensed providers to use electronic prescribing systems. 
Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut. Definitions. Powers of the authority. Board of directors. Chief executive officer. Grants. Advisory committee on patient privacy and security. Reports - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-750 Connecticut establishes the “Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut” for the purpose of “promoting, planning and...
Information on long-term care options. Web site - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 17b-367 The Office of Policy and Management must consult with the Selected Committee on Aging, the Commission on Aging, CHOICES health insurance assistance...
Medical records systems: Electronic and paper formats authorized - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-25c Connecticut permits health care institutions to maintain medical records in electronic or paper form so long as the chosen form “is...
Prescriptions: Form and content. Electronic data intermediaries - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-614 Connecticut permits the oral, written, or electronic transmission of prescriptions to pharmacies. Upon receiving and oral or electronic prescription...
Prescriptions: Pharmacy to assign serial number and maintain records. Transfer of records to another pharmacy - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-615 Pharmacies must assign a serial number to each filled prescription and maintain records of all written, oral, and electronic prescriptions for a...
Regulations re electronic signatures for medical records - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-25a The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations, as necessary, governing “the use of electronic signatures for medical records...
State-wide health information technology plan. Designation of lead health information exchange organization - Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-25d The Department of Public Health must contract “for the development of a state-wide health information technology plan” by November 30,...