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Past, Present, Future

In March 2011, Act 891 established the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) as the state agency responsible for building and operating the statewide health information exchange (HIE) called SHARE (Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange). The purpose of SHARE is to facilitate and expand the secure, electronic movement and use of health information, in accordance with nationally recognized standards, as part of a statewide effort to improve the delivery of health care.

Strategic Planning, Operations & Financial Sustainability

In 2011, OHIT laid the groundwork for SHARE, developing an operational plan, statewide privacy and security policies, business practices, technical infrastructure and a sustainable funding model that does not rely on taxpayer money. The documents below provide more detail about the business side of SHARE:

Implementation Timeline

2012 - Phase I: Secure Messaging

OHIT began implementing SHARE in a series of phases, according to federal guidelines, to help health care providers meet "meaningful use" requirements in small steps.

Phase I involved setting up Secure Messaging—a secure email environment that allows health care providers to send and receive encrypted emails containing patient health records. Secure Messaging replaces unsecure faxing in instances where, for example, a primary care physician refers a patient to a specialist and needs to transfer the patient's health record to the specialist.

2013 - Phase II: SHARE Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Phase II, which is currently being implemented, is a robust health information exchange (HIE). Participating providers connect their electronic medical record system (EMR) to SHARE and push their patient health data to their patient's "master" health record. As more and more providers join SHARE and contribute their pieces of patient health records to SHARE, holistic patient health histories will emerge and be available to treating providers when they need it.

The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology is working to get hospitals, health departments, provider practices and other health care professionals connected to and exchanging patient health information through the HIE.

The Future

Phase III could involve the development of a Patient Portal that would allow patients to access their electronic health record in SHARE.



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