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Governor Creates New eHealth Collaborative
August 1, 2011

Governor Tom Corbett, through Executive Order 2011-04, established the Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative. The collaborative is intended “to improve healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes in Pennsylvania by providing, as appropriate, leadership and strategic direction for public and private, federally-funded and state-funded investments in health information technology initiatives…” This collaborative is similar to the Pennsylvania Health Information Exchanges (PHIX) of the previous administration that was rescinded with issuance of this Executive Order on July 27.  

The collaborative is comprised of an executive council, advisory committee, and the Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative Office, charged with development and implementation of recommendations made by the collaborative. The executive council will include leaders or designees from the Departments of Health, Public Welfare, Aging, Insurance, the Office of Administration, and the Governor’s Policy Office, and will set policy and strategic direction for the collaborative.

The advisory committee includes Robert Torres, the state health information technology (HIT) coordinator, and 25 – 35 appointees who are health care stakeholders, providers, payers, individuals, and advocates chosen by the HIT coordinator with input from the executive council. The advisory committee will establish standing and ad hoc committees to carry out its functions, with chairs appointed by the HIT coordinator from members of the advisory committee.  Members of standing and ad hoc committees may be selected from the broader health care stakeholder community. The advisory committee cannot make binding recommendations.

The Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative Office will be lead by the HIT coordinator. The office, housed in the Office of Administration, Office for Information Technology, will report to the deputy secretary for information technology. PCPA is reaching out to ensure that behavioral health providers and needs are represented on the advisory committee.

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