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Arizona Health-e Connection model for state support of HIEs

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Recently, Arizona Health-e Connection has received the national innovation award for its best practices in promoting healthcare IT adoption for its state. Arizona Health e-Connection is beginning to work through the roadmap that had its roots in a steering committee appointed by Government. The organization focuses on three key areas; educational outreach, healthcare IT adoption and initiatives, and healthcare IT statutes and standards. Arizona Health-e Connection provide its support to standard-based regional health information organizations, including Southern Arizona HIE and the Medicaid HIE. The state, along with 33 other states and territories, are being funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to identify barriers to health information exchange. The organization is defining the state legislative agenda for 2008-2009 with recommendations on a list of state statutes that need to be amended and the addition of new statutes to allow the exchange of health information in Arizona.

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