The Wisconsin Relay for Electronic Data for Health Board, also known as WIRED for Health, released a 164-page draft of a plan for developing and operating a statewide health information exchange. The board is soliciting public input on the proposal until Aug. 1.
The plan spells out the state's proposal for spending a $9.4 million federal grant to implement a statewide system for healthcare providers to exchange patient clinical information, with the goal of fostering both healthy competition and cooperation among providers.
The grant was included as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which created financial incentives for healthcare providers to submit their clinical data to regional information exchanges in an effort to improve patient care, even though in many cases those exchanges did not exist when the act became law.
Gov. Jim Doyle created the WIRED for Health Board last December to push Wisconsin's initiative; the state hopes to implement the data exchange by early 2011. The board includes elected officials and executives from many of the healthcare systems operating in the state.