- In order for the full benefits of HIT adoption to be realized across the State, a comprehensive health information technology network is needed to facilitate the efficient exchange of information between individual HIT systems. Without such a foundation, significant barriers will exist to health information following patients as they access care and health providers who adopt HIT will not have be able to leverage many of the potential benefits of adoption.
- The State has a number of options for facilitating the formation of such a network. Each option implies a different degree of State involvement in promoting HIT development.
- Each option also has different implications for the speed and cost of development, the acceptability of the network to a broad range of stakeholders, and the degree to which the network will meet the State’s goals of improving health care quality and access, and ensuring that health care data will follow patients no matter where they seek care.