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18 Vermont Statutes § 9351

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“Health information technology plan under the health law”

The secretary of administration is responsible for the overall coordination of Vermont’s statewide health information technology plan. The health information technology plan must be updated annually and include:

  • Support statewide use of electronic health information in patient care, health care policymaking, clinical research, health care financing, and continuous quality improvements;
  • Educate the general public and health care professionals about the value of an electronic health infrastructure for improving patient care;
  • Ensure the use of national standards for the development of an interoperable system;
  • Propose strategic investments in equipment and other infrastructure elements that will facilitate the ongoing development of a statewide infrastructure;
  • Recommend funding mechanisms for the ongoing development and maintenance costs of a statewide health information system, including funding options and an implementation strategy for a loan and grant program;
  • Incorporate the existing health care information technology initiatives to the extent feasible in order to avoid incompatible systems and duplicative efforts;
  • Integrate information technology components of  state and federal programs; and
  • Address issues related to data ownership, governance, and confidentiality and security of patient information.

The privacy standards and protocols must comply with applicable federal and state guidelines, including HIPAA.

Related laws:

18 Vermont Statutes § 704

18 Vermont Statutes § 9416

18 Vermont Statutes § 9437



Current as of June 2015