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.
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 newlsetter, please click here.
Upcoming eHealth Commission Meeting
eHealth Commission Meets on Wednesday, September 9th - Web Conference Only
Please join us for our September eHealth Commission Meeting. Materials will be posted below as they are available.
- Commission Workgroup Highlights
- Project Dashboard
- Approved July Meeting Minutes
- COVID-19 Data and Analytics Lessons Learned
Click here to sign up for communications on upcoming meetings.
Time: 12:00 pm -2:00 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 +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 883 7560 4434
Zoom Passcode: 33W1fQ
+16699009128,,385634097# Dial-in Password: 240852
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88375604434
Zoom password: 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, click here.