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Keeping Arkansas InformedThe Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) established funding for several health information technology-related programs. One program is the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, a four-year grant program for states to establish health information exchange capacity for health care providers.

In the spring of 2009 at the direction of Governor Mike Beebe, Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas’s Surgeon General, began leading the effort to apply for federal funding and develop strategic and operational plans for a statewide health information exchange. Staffed by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and a group of subject matter consultants, the project formed several workgroups to work on the strategic and operational plans. An HIT Executive Committee was also formed of members from the public and private sector to provide oversight and guidance to these efforts.

The Governor appointed Ray Scott as Arkansas’s HIT Coordinator. On May 11, 2010, an Executive Order established the Office of Health Information Technology and the HIE Council. The Office of HIT, led by the HIT Coordinator, is responsible for planning and implementing the statewide HIE, the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). The HIT Coordinator and Office of HIT also have responsibility to coordinate and collaborate with all HIT programs in the state to maximize funding and benefits to the state.

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Arkansas Office of Health
Information Technology

The Prospect Building
1501 N. University Ave, Ste. 420
Little Rock, AR 72207
501-410-1999
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