Project Title: Illinois Health Information Technology Extension Center
Service Area: State of Illinois less Chicago 606
Applicant Name: Northern Illinois University, Lowden Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
Contact Name: John Lewis, Ph.D., phone 815-753-0936, FAX 815-753-0666
The Illinois Health Information Technology Extension Center (I-HITEC) is a broad based, state-wide consortium working together to provide services throughout the State of Illinois and will work collaboratively with Northwestern who is planning to serve Chicago 606. The I-HITEC includes:
??? Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network ICAHN
??? Illinois Hospital Association IHA
??? Illinois Public Health Institute IPHI
??? Illinois State University ISU
??? Northern Illinois Physicians for Connectivity NIPFC
??? Northern Illinois University NIU
??? Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council MCHC
??? Quality Quest for Health of Illinois QQ
??? University of Illinois at Chicago UIC
Members of this Collaborative are leading HIE planning through the Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services in 9 of the 16 Medical Trading Areas in the state of Illinois. As a state-wide model for implementation, I-HITEC includes public and private organizations and individuals with skills sets and experience consistent with the proposed service offerings in the FOA. These organizations have a long history of involvement in early adoption of EHR, assistance with implementation, as well as state and national involvement in the development of ongoing standards and use. I-HITEC has demonstrated readiness in providing assistance to priority primary care providers of EHR implementation. Additionally, within I-HITEC, we have significant expertise in development and implementation of education and outreach programs appropriate for a wide array of healthcare professionals that would improve the use and implementation of electronic health records throughout Illinois.
Given the wide diversity in our state, combining the perspectives of both metropolitan and rural areas will generate the most effective outcome by fostering the exchange of knowledge and expertise regarding barriers and solutions across a variety of provider/practice types. Moving Illinois providers to a state of meaningful use will decrease duplication of services, provide data necessary to improve quality and safety, and promote cost savings. The collaborating organizations have the capacity to expand to meet the increased demands of the HITEC initiative.