In response to COVID-19 the Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI) and the eHealth Commission are actively working to address state and community needs.
For the latest information on COVID-19, please check out: https://covid19.colorado.gov/
Recently, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Governor Polis unveiled the state's new enhanced online data tool. This website includes changes and improvements to data sharing on the state's COVID-19 website.
Information is power, and having the latest data is critical to Colorado's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state wants to share that information with Coloradans on this site so that all have the power to make the best, smartest, and healthiest decisions.
Governor Polis reminds us all that mask wearing is a proven way to slow the spread of this deadly virus, will help keep businesses open, save lives, and keep our economy growing.
Have you checked out our Health At Home Site? As part of OeHI’s telemedicine work, OeHI launched the NEW website Health at Home to provide Coloradans information on telemedicine. Visit the site to learn more about all of the healthcare resources Colorado has to offer.
Need telehealth resources in Spanish? Please click here to visit the COPrevent website.
¿Necesita recursos de telesalud en español? Por favor hacer clic aquí para visitar la página de COPrevent.
Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap is the result of an extensive and ongoing collaborative effort led by the Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI) and steered by the eHealth Commission. Developed with input from over 1000 stakeholders from many Colorado communities, the Roadmap was recently approved by the Governor's Office and by the eHealth Commission for implementation. To view Colorado's Health IT Roadmap, click here. To reserve a copy of Colorado's Health IT Roadmap click here. Implementation planning is under way for many of the Roadmap's key initiatives. Every month at the eHealth Commission Meetings, OeHI is spotlighting several initiatives and corresponding efforts. Interested in getting involved in Colorado's Health IT Roadmap efforts? Sign up for the Office of eHealth Innovation newsletter or contact Carrie Paykoc, Director of OeHI, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHI Releases Three Publications on the Value of Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Response
The Office of eHealth Innovation partnered with the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to examine the value proposition of telehealth services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Colorado’s rapid transition to virtual care delivery. CHI developed an analysis plan that utilized key informant interviews and electronic health record data from the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS) network to answer key questions related to utilization and access, outcomes and quality, and provider and patient experience. Their published findings can be found below:
- The Financial Impact on Providers and Payers in Colorado
- Insights From Patient Care Utilization in Colorado
- Insights From Patients in Colorado
Lead Colorado's Health IT Strategy - Join the eHealth Commission
Colorado's eHealth Commission is accepting applications! Please apply if you are interested in serving on the Commission. You can complete the application by following the instructions on this page.
To learn more about the eHealth Commission, our members, and what we do, please visit our eHealth Commission page.
We're Hiring a Senior Health IT Project Manager - Apply today!
OeHI is looking for a Senior Health IT Project Manager to help implement Colorado's key health IT policies and initiatives. If you are interested in working with a team of talented individuals striving to improve the health for Coloradans through coordinated health IT infrastructure, policy, and innovation, please apply here!
Colorado Telehealth Legislation, SB20-212
Last legislative session Colorado passed some exciting new legislation on telehealth to ensure providers have clear information and guidance, particularly mental health providers, on what happens when the emergency executive order, EO D 2020 020, for telemedicine ends in order to protect it beyond the pandemic. Due to COVID-19 and this executive order, Coloradans are now able to receive virtual care, and SB20-212 ensures that they will still be able to get that care even when the EO expires.
Senate Bill 20-212 specifies allowable reimbursement for telehealth services, prohibits insurance carriers from imposing specific requirements or limitations on technology or communication used in telehealth, and defines the types of services included in health care and mental health care services approved for telehealth. This bill was proposed and passed rapidly, illustrating widespread enthusiasm for telehealth both from Coloradans and from our legislature.
OeHI is leading efforts with the Governor's Office policy team, OSPMHC, DOI, DORA, CDPHE, and HCPF to develop a FAQ and communications strategy. Although telemedicine isn't new or the only focus of OeHI, it has been tremendous to see the community and state accelerate the use and adoption of this technology and move forward policy- this year’s Senate Bill 20-212- in such a short amount of time. Please sign up for OeHI’s communication if you are interested in receiving more details.
Telehealth Advances at the Federal Level
On August 3, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at supporting rural healthcare. Read more on the executive orders below:
These Executive Orders advance the state's goals to advance quality care, for less cost, and improve access for our rural communities through paying for value instead of fee-for-service and leveraging virtual options such as telemedicine and automated quality reporting (both infrastructure pieces OeHI is working on). This federal action solidifies telemedicine efforts and policies established during the pandemic at least for Medicare.
OeHI is actively monitoring these executive orders and their progress- we are excited for the possibility for our work and for Colorado!
The Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI) and eHealth Commission have updated Colorado's Health IT Roadmap. Click here to check out the latest version.
OeHI recently initiated the effort to map the infrastructure of the various health IT systems in the state and the relationships to each other. The latest version of the map is available here. Please note that this is an ongoing effort with continual revisioning.
Check out our ongoing eHealth commission workgroups, learn about each group and find out the next workgroup meeting.
To learn more about OeHI's efforts and receive our quarterly newsletter, please click here.
Upcoming eHealth Commission Meeting
The next eHealth Commission Meeting is on Friday, November 13th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Web Conference Only
Please join us for our November eHealth Commission Meeting. Materials will be posted below as they are available. Until then, please review materials from our October meeting below.
- October Commission Workgroup Highlights
- Project Dashboard
- Approved September eHealth Commission Meeting Minutes
- COVID-19 Data and Analytics Lessons Learned
- Future State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program- DRAFT
- Full October Recorded Meeting here
Click here to sign up for communications on upcoming meetings.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: This meeting will be web-conference only and 2 hours.
We also have a new conference line for the meeting as this meeting will now be in webinar format.
Please either use the web-line or dial-into the new number US +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 838 7864 3457 Passcode: 541571
iPhone one-tap: US: +12532158782,,83878643457#,,,,,,0#,,541571# or +13462487799,,83878643457#,,,,,,0#,,541571#
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83878643457
Zoom Passcode: 33W1fQ
This meeting has a capacity of 100 participants. If you are unable to join, please tune into the livestream on Youtube HERE.
To learn more about past eHealth Commission Meetings, and to access previous minutes, agendas, and presentations, link coming soon.